CLiGS in Indonesia

Part of the Republic of Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago, Bali is the country’s largest tourism destination. The 5,636 square kilometer island straddling the Indian and Pacific Oceans rich in cultural and aesthetic amenities as well as natural resources, is drawing domestic workers and international visitors at rapid rates. With both booming population growth (currently at 4.2 million) and a quickly growing tourism industry (estimated at 3.3 million annually), the island of Bali is quickly confronting possible limitations of growth if a healthy environment and desirable quality of life are the goals.

Having declared independence from Dutch colonial rule in 1945 with weak institutions and under-prepared populous, Indonesia wrestles with the tensions presented by a modernizing globalized economy and relatively weak democratic form of government. But in the gap left by these institutional tensions, social and ecological entrepreneurship has found fertile ground in which to sow the seeds of sustainable development opportunities and enterprises. Ranging from innovative solid waste management business models, to organic palms sugar and chocolate producer cooperatives, to ecotourism in many forms, Bali has become a hub for regional social entrepreneurship networks.   CLiGS is interested in better understanding and advancing this networked market-based approach to sustainable development in an island nation as ecologically rich as Indonesia, particularly in Bali.

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