This diverse archipelago abounds in unique natural treasures – active volcanoes, rainforests, coral reefs, glaciers, minerals and amazing biodiversity both in sea and on land.
Indonesia’s rainforests alone contain 10 percent of the world’s known plant species, including ebony, sandalwood, teakwood, hundreds of medicinal plants and unusual species such as Rafflesia arnoldi and Amorphophallus titanum. It is home to orangutan, proboscis monkey, Sumatran tigers and Javan rhinos, all unique to Indonesia.
Unfortunately every day we are witnessing how is Indonesia’s nature confronted with a developing economy driven to meet the world’s demand on wood, mineral, fish and palm products as well as the growing needs of its 250 million population.
- Indonesia has the fastest deforestation rate in the World. Every 2.5 months, rainforests the size of London are cut down
- Sumatran orangutan, rhino, tiger and elephant are in danger of extinction
- Over-exploitation of marine resources
- 70% of coral reefs are damaged
- Domestic pollution created unawares by the population
- Industrial pollution created by developing economy with low eco-standards
- Illegal trade of endangered species
Undeveloped reading culture in rural and remote areas
- High price of books in relation to local wage
- No public libraries
- No bookstores