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RI works on preserving heritage for world peace

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 3 2019   /  02:06 am

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 million) 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 to shift the perspective of de...