Maintaining the nature of Indonesia is a task for anyone who is or comes to Indonesia. Although not even native citizens still have to uphold the adage “Where the earth is stepped on, there the sky is upheld”. This saying does not only apply in Indonesia, wherever we are, we should follow and respect the place.
Indonesia’s natural beauty does not need to be doubted. There have been many people who are amazed to see how beautiful and rich the nature of this country is. The Indonesian nature is so pleasing to the eye and beautiful so it is a pity to just ignored it.
Every country certainly has its own beauty and charm. Many other countries also have enchanting natural beauty, but Indonesia’s nature seems to offer a charm that we cannot find elsewhere. It feels Indonesian nature is a complete package that presents various kinds of beauty such as mountains, forests, beaches, sea, islands, even the diversity of its population, and many more.
Maintaining the Nature of Indonesia and Its Wealth
Indonesia is a Republican country in Southeast Asia. The country with the nickname “The Emerald of the Equator ” is geographically located on the equator and if seen from space will appear a green Indonesian archipelago, beautiful soothing eyes like Emerald stone. That’s how this country got the nickname.
Indonesia is known for its natural wealth and many beautiful places that can be found there. Its natural beauty stretches from the east to the west, from Sumatra to Papua. Indonesia has a variety of natural resources, also rich in biodiversity.
Various kinds of natural resources such as petroleum, tin, natural gas, coal, fertile soil, wood, bauxite, gold, nickel, and silver are easily found in Indonesia. The country consists of 62% of forested areas, 10% of agricultural land, 7% of plantations, 7% of grasslands, and another 14% is an irrigated area of 45,970 km.
Indonesia has a large area, a tropical climate that is owned and the geographical location of the archipelago supports the high level of biodiversity in this country. The variety of flora and fauna found in Indonesia is a mixture of Asian and Australasian species.
Once upon a time the islands of the Sunda Shelf such as Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan and Bali were still associated with mainland Asia and had a wealth of Asian fauna. There, Sumatran tigers, rhinos, orangutans, Asian elephants, and leopards have been abundant to the east of Bali, but it is unfortunate that now the number and distribution have been drastically reduced.
Asian species mostly reside in Sumatra and Kalimantan, while Sulawesi, Nusa Tenggara, and Maluku develop their own unique flora and fauna. Papua, which is part of the mainland of Australia, is home to unique flora and fauna that are closely related to Australia, including more than 600 species of birds.
Indonesia is also rich in marine and coastal ecosystems, including beaches, dunes, estuaries, mangroves, coral reefs, seagrass beds, coastal plains, tidal plains, algae gardens, and small island ecosystems. Throughout 80,000 km the Indonesian coastline is surrounded by tropical seas which contribute to the country’s high level of biodiversity.
Indonesia is famous for the diversity of the world’s largest coral reef fish. This makes it one of the Coral Triangle countries with ownership of more than 1,650 species. That is only the number in eastern Indonesia. Imagine, how rich the nature of this country is.
Maintaining the Nature of Indonesia is The Duty of Every Individual
Environmental conditions in Indonesia are quite alarming. With abundant natural wealth, unfortunately, it is not in line with public awareness of their environmental sustainability.
Various environmental issues such as deforestation, pollution, and others continue to haunt the Zamrud Khatulistiwa country. The protracted issues and problems threaten the existence of beauty and natural wealth. The impact is not only felt by Indonesia, but other regions in various parts of the world also feel it.
Have you ever heard the saying, “damaged apples can spoil the barrel?” Indonesia is part of the world if one point of the world is broken, then the whole world is affected. That is why it is very important to protect nature wherever we are, including protecting and maintaining the nature of Indonesia