KONGRES NASIONAL XVI PGI - PEGI
PEKAN ILMIAH NASIONAL XX PPHI
Hotel Aryaduta Manado, 22-24 Agustus 2013
North Sulawesi is a land of magnificent coral reefs protecting virginwhite beaches, mountains and active volcanos, reminding the islanders and the world of the potential power of one of the earth's most awesome forces. It is a land of vast coconut plantations fringed along the coastline, which is why the area is also known as "Bumi Nyiur Melambai" or "The Land of Waving Coconut Palms."
Indonesia has been existed as yet during the Paleocene period (70 million years BC), the Eocene period (30 million years BC), the Oligacene period (25 million years BC) and the Miocene period (12 million years BC). Indonesia must have existed during the Pleistocene period (4 million years BC) when it was linked with the present Asian mainland..
The province of North Sulawesi with an area of 1,533,698 ha is located at 0º30"- 4º 3" North Latitude and 121º127" East Longitude. To the north the region borders on the Republic of the Philippines, Sulawesi Sea and the Pacific Ocean. The Eastern part is on the Maluku Sea and the Southern side is the Tomini Gulf. The western part borders Gorontalo Province, which until the end of 2000 was a part of North Sulawesi and then became an own province.
The Indonesian constitution allows freedom of religion in a predominantly Muslim country and the state's "Unity in Diversity" motto is a symbol of the co-existence of the many cultures unified in on nation. These diverse cultures have given Indonesia a rich heritage of traditions and art resulting in festivities throughout the year in different parts of the country.
You may be aware that North Sulawesi lies firmly in the epicenter of marine biodiversity, but did you know that Bunaken National Park is home to a living fossil fish whose body and habits have hardly changed over 400 million years of evolution?
Indonesia is generally known for timber and wood products, owing to its large forest areas. Hence the country's handicrafts - specifically North Sulawesi's (whether it is from wood, ceramics, or other materials) may perhaps rank as export-quality. Currently, these handicrafts serve the toursit market of Manado, so Kadin is encouraging crafts traders in larger urban centers of ASEAN and Hongkong to explore the possibility of selling North Sulawesi's handicraft in their shops.
International agreements and conventions are important and have been adequately accepted. However, there is a lack of political willingness to drive forward and further implement such agreements.