The EcoRegion concept is a unique, large scale, green regional development platform that fast tracks economic growth, preserves the environment and distributes wealth to local people using eco-tourism as an economic motor.
Large Scale Integrated Sustainable Planning
Large scale sustainable integrated regional planning is the key to fast tracking regional growth in Indonesia. In order to properly manage resources (Agriculture, Animal Sciences, Forestry, Fishery, Food Science and Technology, Pharmaceutical), Water and Energy, Ecology and Biodiversity and build sustainable businesses that minimise risk and spread wealth to the local people an integrated approach is needed.
Planning in a way that protects these resources and identifies how a multitude of businesses can be developed from them by local partners is key. Using eco-tourism as an economic motor that will purchase a wide variety of local goods and services is one of Indonesia’s most effective tools for quickly generating regional growth and distributing it through many local partners. If legislation is passed that requires the tourism industry to buy locally – regional growth can be fast tracked.
This means that a massive amount of local industries could be developed alongside tourist development and other green industries. The key to doing this is integrated sustainable master planning that includes community planning, resource planning and business development planning with local stakeholders.
The Regional Multiplier Effect
By creating a master plan whereby infrastructure, local businesses and tourism grow in tandem, regional growth can be calculated and planned. The greater the amount of local suppliers the greater the multiplier effect on the local economy. If we know the rate of development of the tourism industry, we can also calculate how much food, construction material etc. is needed to develop it at different stages of growth.
As each EcoRegion resembles a small country the potential multiplier effects are enormous. Instead of locals becoming at best a work force for the tourism industry they become suppliers and partners. This promotes a better regional pride and less cultural disruption, as well as higher local incomes.