CAN INDONESIA’S MARITIME IDENTITY SUPPORT SUSTAINABLE
In 2019, the FITE calls on the Indonesian and international student community to consider the multiple factors that have contributed in the past, and still contribute in the present, to Indonesia’s maritime identity.
The objective is to highlight the maritime identity as a meaningful and powerful unifier in contemporary Indonesia.
The Indonesian archipelago, in its diversity and variety, is home to over 54 000 km of coastline, to some of the richest fishing areas in the world, to coral reefs with the highest levels of biodiversity, and to active and historical trade-routes, along which one can trace centuries of interaction between cultures, religions and languages. Indonesia’s strong maritime identity can strengthen its attraction as a tourism destination; it can also be used to highlight and preserve the value of its natural and cultural heritage.
The theme of the competition therefore addresses multiple dimensions of Indonesia’s assets as a tourism destination: ecological, cultural, historical, economic.
Examples of issues connected to the question of maritime identity:
Fishing Practices and communities
Trade ports and practices
Traditional crafts related to shipping and fishing
Historical discoveries and many more!