Tackling Environmental Threats in Indonesia

A Conversation with Aidy Halimanjaya

Recorded in May 2019

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Indonesia, an archipelago comprising of approximately 17,000 islands, holds just one percent of the Earth’s land area, but that one percent contains contain 10 percent of the world’s known plant species, 12 percent of mammal species, and 17 percent of all known bird species, making Indonesia biodiversity hotspot. The greatest threats to this biodiversity are habitat degradation and fragmentation, landscape changes, overexploitation, pollution, climate change, alien species, forest and land fires, and the economic and political crises occurring in the country. There’s a lot at stake. Indonesia’s future environmental policy is of critical importance.

In this episode, Joel Sandhu from the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) sits down with Aidy Halimanjaya to talk about environmental issues in Indonesia, public opinion and how the President, Joko Widodo, will address these issues. Aidy is a researcher, consultant and affiliate at the Padjadjaran University Center for Sustainable Development Goals Studies in Indonesia. She is currently working as an advisor on climate finance for Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry. She was also a GGF 2030 fellow.

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