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EditPhoto Title:Indonesia
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.
EditPhoto Credit:© Conservation International/photo by Sterling Zumbrunn
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      EditImage Description:Map of Indonesia

      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.

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      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%
        EditResult field:coral reefs threatened
        EditText:Exploited seas
        Indonesia’s marine resources have been heavily impacted by poorly planned coastal development, overfishing and unsustainable “fish farming” practices. These local factors, plus the global threat of ocean acidification, has put 95% of Indonesia’s coral reefs under serious threat — also threatening the benefits, like fish and shoreline protection, they give to people.


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        EditResult value:25%
        EditResult field:forests lost since 1990
        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. This economic activity provides people with short-term income, but it also accelerates greenhouse gas emissions and harms the forests Indonesians depend on.


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        Indonesia's big cities 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. And in industrial areas, unprocessed waste from factories is sometimes dumped in rivers, causing environmental damage and creating unhealthy living conditions.
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        CI’s solutions

        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. We also work closely with the business community, which has a large impact on the environment in Indonesia. Our partner companies 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.

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        EditImage Alt Text:Women in Sumatra. © Conservation International/photo by Ade Budi Kurniawan
        EditCaption Title:Sustainable Landscapes Partnership: Engaging Business in Conservation
        EditCaption Description: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 Alt Text:Wayag Lagoon, Bird's Head Seascape, Indonesia. © Will Turner
        EditCaption Title:Bird's Head Seascape: Protecting Marine Environments
        EditCaption Description: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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        EditImage Alt Text:Reforestation program in the Gunung National Park
        EditCaption Title:Java’s Last Remaining Forests
        EditCaption Description:CI supports reforestation, gibbon rehabilitation and community education in Gedepahala, Indonesia
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        EditCall to Action Title:What can you do?
        EditCall to Action Description:You can make a difference to people all over the world by helping to protect globally important ecosystems, like Indonesia’s Bird’s Head Seascape or Northern Sumatra forests.
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        EditSection Title:Shop smart
        EditSection subtitle:Support companies and products that use eco-friendly raw materials (such as sustainable palm oil) and contribute to a healthier planet.
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        EditSection Title:Drink sustainable coffee
        EditSection subtitle:You can purchase coffee, a staple crop in Indonesia, that's ethically sourced and environmentally friendly.
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        EditImage Alt Text:Woman harvests eggplant. © Benjamin Drummond

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        EditTitle:Partnering with Communities
        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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        EditTitle:The Ocean
        EditImage Alt Text:Coral reef in Viti Levu, Fiji, Oceania. © William Crosse