Eco-tourism in far east Indonesia
The Guardian has a feature on the Misool Eco Resort in Raja Ampat, far eastern Indonesia, one of the most biodiverse marine locations in the world. Not only is the dive focused resort built to strict ecological standards, its presence (and others like it) in the region have actually helped to save the local environment. Once infamous for illegal fishing by old, polluting vessels, the Misool area is now a fishing free zone enforced by local business groups, happy with the financial injection from foreign eco-tourists.
This is exactly the kind of sophisticated tourism development Indonesia should be pursuing. One that showcases a beauty mostly unknown to outsiders while protecting its heritage. So many islands, so much potential.
source & article: The Guardian
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