land destruction has been caused by forest fires, land settlement, illegal logging, mining and conversion of forest functions into many dangerous activities that later harm the natural environment. It is reported that unsustainable management of Indonesian coastal and marine has caused a lot of harm to it resulting to a failure in environmental conservation (McCaffrey, 2008).
Within the last fifty years, more than 9o% of total coral reefs in Indonesia has been destroyed being a product of unsustainable management and destructive activities like over-fishing, terrestrial pollution, sedimentation and coral mining. The Indonesian mangrove fore’s, which initially covered more than 3.7 million hectares of land in Indonesia back in 1993, has been reduced to 1.5 million hectares according to a report released in 2005. This shows that there has been a 59% decrease in the total mangrove covered land in duration of less than twelve years.
The main reason why the seminar on protecting the environment and training in environmental law was a way of promoting the Public Information Disclosure Act (PIDA) and other regulations that are related to environmental management which are mandated to regulate people’s rights to information on the environment.
Secondly, the training was meant to promote Indonesia’s government information to the people/public. It was more formal to give this information to both environmentalists and people from different fields as a way to disseminate information pertaining to environmental conservation and the risks involved in environmental destruction (Pevato, 2003).
Another reason was to give a strong foundation to the community on realization of the benefits that come with access to information about the environment and ways to advocate and utilize the quality of the environment.
The training would promote better policy and bring regulatory changes in relation to water and air pollution control by the use of environmental information which ...Show more