Indonesia is still rich in ancient primary forests, despite losing a quarter of its tree cover in the last few decades. While Indonesia is still capable of reaching half, there is a very real danger that the combination of corruption and lax law enforcement will lead to the rapid deterioration of nature in this extraordinary region.
Nothing on Earth replaces the beauty and living value of a healthy and intact primary forest. Unparalleled in the quality of their wildlife habitat and ecological services, these forests sustain much of Indonesia’s unique and rich wild and human communities. Combined with extraordinary corals in the surrounding marine area, it comes as no surprise that Indonesia is one of Earth’s highest-ranking biodiversity hotspots. If the elephants, orangutans, dugongs, tropical birds, and rare plants that depend on this ecology are to survive, Indonesia must create strict boundaries in which wild nature can flourish even as it continues on the path of economic development.
Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.
Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.
Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.
Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.
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Three large islands and 26 smaller islands comprise this protected area that is home to the world’s largest lizard, coral reefs, whale sharks, and blue whales.
Home to some of Sumatra’s last remaining intact rainforests, lax enforcement has resulted in the deforestation of one-third of the park.
This park may have upwards of seven times the diversity of coral as Hawaii. It is also home to 70% of all known fish species in the Indo-Western Pacific.