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Indonesia works on preserving heritage for world peace

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, December 2, 2019   /  07:12 pm
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Buddhist monks repeat mantras and meditate as they walk around Borobudur temple in Central Java clockwise three times as part of the Pradaksina ritual in the early hours of Sunday.(JP/R Berto Wedhatama)

Preserving natural and cultural heritage sites might not seem like an obvious way to foster world peace and security, but Indonesian officials are convinced it could prove useful as a counterweight to the country’s aggressive development agenda. Indonesia under President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is committed to continuing its ambitious infrastructure drive to boost the economy, even vowing to inject Rp 10 trillion (US$708 billion) toward the development of “10 New Balis” in an effort to grow local economies and develop tourism. Such large-scale development is feared to have a detrimental impact on the environment and repositories of history and culture, but the government has vowed to pursue a national strategy that strikes a balance between preserving history and promoting overdue development. Efforts to preserve cultural heritage sites should be able ...