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Jakarta Post

Reducing environmental damage, poverty

  • Suhardi Suryadi

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 7 2016   /  09:18 am

The Berau regency in East Kalimantan has developed a model of ecosystem development in Kampung Merabu in Kelay that integrates economic growth and protection of through ecotourism. Attractions include the karst mountain range of Sangkulirang Mangkalihat. The Berau policy is very interesting, in contrast for instance to Pati regency in Central Java, where the local government has allowed the mountainous region Kendeng to become a mining site for basic materials for a cement factory, thereby inciting ongoing conflicts with local communities.

The case of Pati and other areas are classic examples of approaches to development that pursue economic growth at the cost of ecosystems and the social welfare of communities. Economic growth has even widened income inequalities and poverty. East Kalimantan, for instance, is dominated by the extractive industries of coal, oil and gas and wood. ...