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Writing Fundamental Training

In line with the commitment of continuing to provide positive contribution to the policymaking sphere with sharp analysis and writing, Transformasi enrolled its Linguistic Specialist, Wicaksono Prayogie, to a Writing 101: The Fundamentals training at the Jakarta Post Writing Center, on August 30, 2017. This one day course discussed the foundation of writing, mainly addressing three issues. First, writing does not necessarily mean rocket science. Rather than overthinking what to write, it is.....

World is Jealous of Indonesia`s Economy: World Bank President

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim praised Indonesia's economic growth posted last year. In a meeting with President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo today, Kim said this achievement makes other countries jealous of Indonesia. In 2016, Indonesia's economic growth reached 5.02 percent. "Indonesia has a growth rate of more than five percent, which will make most countries in the world envious," Kim said after meeting Jokowi at the Presidential Office in Jakarta, Wednesday. In the meeting with Kim, Jokow.....

'Smart City' development requires Detailed Spatial Plan: Ministry official

The Bogor administration is striving to turn the West Java city into a "Smart City", although it has yet to develop a Detailed Spatial Plan (RDTR), which is an important spatial planning and zoning tool, a ministry official has said. An official with the Agrarian and Spatial Planning Ministry’s directorate general for spatial planning, Andri Hari Rochayanto, said Bogor was one of the few cities that had promoted the “Smart City” concept. However, the concept mostly concerned the local.....

Cities Set the Pace on Fighting Poverty, Climate Change but Who Will Pay?

Fast-growing cities will determine how the world manages to fight poverty, disease and climate change in coming decades but increased resilience is likely to come with a hefty price tag, said urban development experts. While cities are poised to benefit from technological innovation, tackling crippling inequality is crucial to help cope with shocks and stresses which are set to rise alongside urban populations, said experts at a New York summit organized by the Rockefeller Foundation-backed.....

Fighting Climate Change Can Boost Jobs, Cut Inequality: New York Mayor

United States cities can create jobs and cut social inequality as they reduce global warming but must act quickly since the nation took a "wrong turn" on climate change, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday (24/07). Some 300 cities have stepped up and said they would work to meet the Paris climate goals, sidestepping President Donald Trump's decision to pull the country out of the 2015 pact to limit global warming, the mayor said. "We know there's no time for complacency, and we ca.....

Fishery Ministry Has Nabbed 95 Illegal Fishing Boats So Far

The Marine and Fishery Ministry nabbed 95 illegal fishing boats in the first half of this year. Data from fishery monitoring task force as of July show that illegal fishing activities by long line boats from Taiwan, Japan and China took place in the Fishery Management Zone (WPP NRI) 717. "We will ask Interpol to follow up [on the cases]," Marine and Fishery Minister Susi Pudjiastuti said in Jakarta today. The 95 illegal fishing boats comprise of 23 Indonesian boats and 72 foreign-flagged .....

Saving the South China Sea fishery

The South China Sea fishery is being depleted at an unsustainable rate and in a destructive manner. The use of cyanide, dynamiting and reef destruction is not uncommon. An estimated 12 per cent of the global fish catch comes from the South China Sea. One study predicts a 50 per cent decline in key fish stocks (as measured by catch) by 2045. The individual sovereignty based approach in the claimant rich South China Sea is impeding management of this valuable resource. Increased scarcity and .....

Indonesia Achieves Top 25 Food Sustainability Index

The Agriculture Ministry revealed that Indonesia is among 25 countries with top food sustainability index list released by Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation (BCFN) and the Economist Intelligent Unit (EIU). The list was released following a report on Global Food Security Index. “I received a text message, Indonesia’s agricultural index currently ranks 21st among 113 countries,” said Agriculture Minister Amran Sulaiman on Monday, July 3. Amran refers to the two types of .....

Government to prepare capital's relocation

The government has announced that it fully intends to move the capital from Jakarta and that it will start the preparations next year. National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said on Monday that he had discussed details of the capital's relocation with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at the Presidential Palace on Monday. Bambang, who heads the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), said he and the President had discussed the feasibility study and funding fo.....

Climate change is turning Antarctic green

Antarctica is getting greener. British biologists have documented a four-fold or even five-fold increase in plant growth on the Antarctic Peninsula. They identify the sudden burgeoning of green things as an indicator that the continent is responding to climate change. In fact, only a tiny fraction of the south polar land mass is home to any plant life, but the first explorers observed mosses growing on the 600km of the peninsula. Antarctic climate In a climate in which temperatures rarely.....