ON Indonesian Green Policy

On the Indonesian part of Papua New Guinea, turtles backed by locals and environmental organisations have the upper hand over the trans-Papua highway. The latter’s planed course will be altered for about 70km in order to let the endangered species, with up to 700kg weight the biggest turtle in the world, live in their habitat.

ON-green-policy! It’s not a common event that the interest of nature outweighs development planning and it is all the more welcomed on this site. Pressure, particularly if applied by international organisations can significantly alter politicians’ cost and benefits calculations and thus trigger policy change. This is important to note and to tell even if the long term goal is obviously to induce a change of mentalities so that authorities take the interests of nature and other underrepresented interests into account from the onset.

Source: Courrier International