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EditPhoto Description:Indonesia is a vast, beautiful country — at a critically important crossroads.
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EditImage Description:View of a man in a boat and underwater coral reef in Bird's Head, Raja Ampat, Indonesia.
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Map of Indonesia. © Conservation International

Indonesia’s 17,000 islands are home to nearly 250 million people. From these islands’ forests, farms and surrounding oceans, people receive food, a stable climate — even joy.

But Indonesia is developing very, very quickly.

The country’s response to this development will determine the fate of its abundant natural wealth — and the people who depend on it.

Why is Indonesia important?

Climate Stability

Indonesia contains the most extensive standing rainforests in all of Asia, with an estimated 94 million hectares (232 million acres) of forest cover — an area the size of Nigeria. These trees release oxygen into the air and remove harmful particles. They also absorb gases, like carbon dioxide, that cause changes in our climate.

Joy and inspiration

Visitors from across the world flock to Indonesia to see its charismatic native species — such as orangutans, Sumatran tigers, Komodo dragons, whale sharks, sea turtles and manta rays. The country’s incredible rainforests and coral reefs make it one of the top adventure and dive destinations in the world.

Food we eat

Indonesia’s lands and waters make the country a major producer of foods that Indonesians, as well as people around the world, eat every day: seafood, rice, coffee, cocoa, cassava, peanuts and spices like nutmeg. It is also the world’s largest producer of palm oil, an edible vegetable oil found in half of the packaged goods on supermarket shelves.


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    EditResult value:95%
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    EditTitle:Exploited seas
    EditText:Indonesia’s marine resources have been heavily exploited. Poorly planned coastal development and mining have created pollution. Overfishing threatens fish stocks. Unsustainable “fish farming” practices have led to outbreaks of fish disease and the release of waste products into open water. A combination of all of these local factors, plus the global threat of ocean acidification, has put 95% of Indonesia’s coral reefs under serious threat — which also threatens the benefits, like fish and shoreline protection, they give to people.

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    EditText:Since 1990, Indonesia has lost nearly a quarter of its forests; at current rates, it could lose all remaining forests by 2056. Many of these forests have been turned into rubber, oil palm and pulp plantations. In fact, in 2009, Indonesia became the world’s biggest producer of palm oil; today, it produces more than 25 million tons of palm oil per year. All of this economic activity provides people with short-term income, but it also accelerates greenhouse gas emissions, increases air pollution and harms the forests Indonesians depend on.

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    EditText:Like many urban areas, Indonesia's big cities, such as Jakarta and Surabaya, are struggling to cope with air pollution from growing numbers of people, vehicles and construction projects. By one estimate, residents of Jakarta get only 27 days of clean air each year. Unclean water, too, can be a problem. In industrial areas, unprocessed waste from factories is sometimes dumped in rivers, causing environmental damage and creating unhealthy living conditions for local people.

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    EditSection Title:Engaging business in conservation
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    EditImage Description: Women in Sumatra.
    EditText: The business community has a large impact on the environment in Indonesia, and it needs to be part of the solution. CI works in Indonesia with companies that have committed to improving their business practices or helping conservation efforts. Together, we can create a new approach to economic development that is both environmentally and socially sustainable.

    In the Northern Sumatra region, CI is finding ways to simultaneously improve Indonesia’s economic growth and address global climate change.
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    EditImage Description: Wayag Lagoon, Bird's Head Seascape, Indonesia
    EditText: CI is working to create and strengthen marine protected areas (MPAs) throughout Indonesia. By protecting Indonesia’s seas and coasts, we can help to ensure they remain a sustainable source of food and tourism revenue. So far, CI has helped to set up five separate MPAs within Indonesia that cover more than 2.6 million hectares (6.4 million acres). And in 2014, CI and several partners teamed up with the Indonesian government to make it illegal to fish manta rays in Indonesian waters — based in part on science that shows how a manta is worth more alive than dead.

    In Bird’s Head Seascape, CI is working to protect the coral reefs and mangroves — the life support system of the Indonesian region of West Papua.
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    EditNewsletter Message:Get the latest updates on CI’s work in Indonesia — and on the rest of our conservation projects — delivered to your inbox.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Women sell traditional crafts, Konashen Community-Owned Conservation Area in the Konashen Indigenous District, Southern Guyana. © Piotr Naskrecki

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    EditImage Alt Text:Coral reef in Viti Levu, Fiji, Oceania. © William Crosse
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