Indonesia has a vast potential for marine ecotourism. According to Greenpeace, the country boasts more than 50,000 square meters of coral reefs. Additionally, parts of the archipelago are covered by three million hectares of mangrove forests, according to the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). Unquestionably, Indonesia offers some of…
Serdang Bedagai’s fishermen protect their coastal areas by planting mangroves, which they eventually harvest and sell. These fishermen have transformed their neighborhoods into an ecotourism zone.
Playing With the Fire of Conservatism
The most recent study by the State Islamic University (UIN) in Jakarta yielded surprising -- and worrying -- results: over 80 percent of the respondents rejected the idea of a non-Muslim leader and the establishment of other houses of worship in their areas.
UIN's Islamic and Social Studies Center (PPIM) conducted the study on 500 schoolteachers of (the Muslim) religion in five provinces at the end of last year. Some respondents also rejected the idea of educators of other faiths teaching in a public school.