Indonesia’s ‘dirty little secret’ is damaging its tourism plans

Published on : Tuesday, May 9, 2017

IndonesiaSomeone who has been to Indonesia and stayed for some while will definitely tell you about the innumerable attractions the country has to offer. Besides, there are few alarming challenges that are hampering the tourism industry like anything which includes infrastructure and environmental issues. Problem of waste is one of the most noticeable of all.

By the end of the year 2019, Indonesia expects to reach 20 million tourists which would be a major leap of 8 million in contrast to the last year’s target. Tourism contributed 9.6 percent in 2015 to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), keeping the main earners like coal, oil, gas and palm oil behind. By 2019, Arief Yahya, Minister of Tourism, plans to double the national GDP, to US$24 billion on a yearly basis. In order to support and meet these targets, the Asian Development Bank has come to an agreement to provide loan of US$10 billion in the coming 5 years. To note, plastic pollution is a serious global issue as an estimated 8 million tones are being released into the oceans every year.

Besides few huge issues like the discovery of Great Pacific Garbage Patch – a floating island of trash in the Pacific Ocean two times as big as France, recent studies show the immense health effects of plastics on human beings can now be seen in the food chain as well. In a recent study of a group of experts brought to the forefront that plastic contamination has been found in thousands of organisms and in more than 100 species of marine life.


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