Lessons from the Indonesian Experience
Edited by Michael Faure and Andri Wibisana
Disasters, climate change and environmental problems are an important source of worry, not only in the developed world of the North but also in developing countries in the South. Countries in the South have to an important extent already been victims of a variety of (technological and natural) disasters, like earthquakes and flooding. Also the tsunami of 2004 which originated north of the Indonesian island of Sumatra largely hit the developing world in South East Asia. Climate change science more over predicts that it will more particularly be the developing world in the South that may be a victim of climate change. The vulnerability to climate change and to the potentially devastating results (increasing number and scale of disasters like hurricanes and flooding) will be particularly large in developing countries. Moreover, many developing countries are also increasingly feeling the results of industrial development for its natural environment. Like in the North in many developing countries economic development had initially a high price as far as pollution is concerned. In many developing countries the turning point, where more economic development will lead to a reduction of environmental pollution1 has not been reached yet.