Host Country: Indonesia
Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous country, is an archipelago in Southeast Asia consisting of 17,000 islands (6,000 inhabited) and straddling the equator. The largest islands are Sumatra, Java (the most populous), Bali, Kalimantan (Indonesia's part of Borneo), Sulawesi (Celebes), the Nusa Tenggara islands, the Moluccas Islands, and Irian Jaya (also called West Papua), the western part of New Guinea.
Its neighbor to the north is Malaysia and to the east is Papua New Guinea.
Indonesia's size, tropical climate, and archipelagic geography, support the world's second highest level of biodiversity (after Brazil), and its flora and fauna is a mixture of Asian and Australasian species across its many islands, Indonesia consists of hundreds of distinct native ethnic and linguistic groups. Indonesia's national motto, "Bhinneka Tunggal Ika" ("Unity in Diversity" literally, "many, yet one"), articulates the diversity that shapes the country.
This year's WRO theme, "World Heritage" will explore Indonesia and other countries cultural wonder and build mutual understanding and respect.