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Paradise on the Equator: Palu, Sulawesi

April 21st, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

City officials say Palu, set amid a valley of rolling hills and along a river streaming to the coast, is gaining acclaim for both natural beauty and its plans for development in Central Sulawesi. “Everything is available here. Visitors will be surprised,” said Palu chief councilor Andi Mulhanan Tombolotutu, referring to the city’s diverse topography. The beauty of the city is apparent when viewed from the beach near the city center while enjoying a view of the sunset and the magnificent Teluk Palu Bridge.

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Tapping Natural Resources: North Sulawesi

December 14th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

The North Sulawesi provincial administration is striving to tap the region’s natural resources to diversify its revenue base. To realize its goals, the administration has embarked on various initiatives, including its decision to host the World Ocean Conference in the North Sulawesi capital of Manado in 2009.

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Marine Conservation Cuts Poverty

December 7th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Well-managed marine conservation can significantly help reduce poverty and enhance the quality of life for local communities, according to a new study. The study, Nature’s Investment Bank, which was released by The Nature Conservancy in Manado, North Sulawesi, on Thursday, was based on more than 1,100 interviews within poor communities in four countries, including Indonesia, from November 2006 to May this year.

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Tempe Lake Suffering: South Sulawesi

December 7th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Lake Tempe in South Sulawesi was once called the “fish bowl of Indonesia“. Today, as a result of chronic sedimentation caused by erosion and water plants, fishing is drying up. The sediment piles on at a rate of five centimeters per year, causing the lake to shrink away in the dry season and overflow in the wet season.

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Paying Homage to the King of Banawa: Sulawesi

November 5th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Bearing gifts, a group of Tobaku and Sarudu traditional leaders approached the house of Datu Wajar Lamarauna, son and heir of the late king, Adam Ardjad Lamarauna. As per custom, the gifts included betel nut, a sack of rice, 14 eggs, four black and white chickens and a white cow.

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Tana Toraja: South Sulawesi

November 4th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

mini-tana-torajah.jpgLet’s get this out of the way first: Tana Toraja is not a suitable holiday destination for any of the following: committed vegetarians, animal rights activists, or anyone with a pressing sense of their own mortality. But if you like your meat, don’t get squeamish at the sight of trussed-up pigs on their way to slaughter, and have no problems with a few skeletons, then the green hills of South Sulawesi are for you. The elegant tongkonan houses that sit like boats on a green sea play a central role in Torajan culture. They can neither be bought nor sold (although apparently they can be dismantled and sold in pieces to those wanting to take home a souvenir.

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The ‘Phinisi’ Schooner

September 21st, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments 1 Comment »

mini-phinisi-2.jpg Undoubtedly, it is difficult enough to sail a Phinisi schooner that hails from Tanah Beru, Bulukumba regency, South Sulawesi, around the globe.

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Living in a Cave: Pangkajene, South Sulawesi

September 20th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments 1 Comment »

Many caves were used as dwellings in prehistoric times but these days it is only really those who have chosen a monastic life who inhabit caves because of the natural isolation and protection they provide.

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Habitat of Endangered Maleo Bird Shrinking: Luwuk, Central Sulawesi

September 3rd, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

The habitat of the endangered macrocephalon maleo (maleo bird) in Banggai district has been reduced to 625 hectares of the 12,500 ha wildlife reserve set by the Forest Ministry in 1982, an official said.

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Coral Reefs Damaged: South Sulawesi

August 23rd, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

diving.jpg Coral reef destruction in South Sulawesi has reached an alarming heights and today poses a real threat to the ongoing livelihoods of regional fishermen. With some 70 per cent of the reefs destroyed, the affect has also seen enormous losses to the state via the fishery sector.

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