WHERE IS RIAU LOCATED ?
Riau is a province of Indonesia, located in center of Sumatra island along the Strait of Malacca. The provincial capital and largest city is Pekanbaru. Its 111.228,65 km square width, consist of islands and seas. Riau province’s climate is wet tropical climate, which is affected by dry and rain season with average rainfall 2000 – 3000 milimeter per year, average rainy days is 160 days per year. Riau is one of the richest provinces in Indonesia. This province is rich, with natural resources, particularly petroleum and naturel gas, gold, coal, rubber, and palm oil, not to mention sea resources.
Ethnic groups : malay, bugis, minangkabau, javanese, batak, sundanese, makassar, chinese. Language : malay ( consist of several local dialects ), indonesian, hokkian ( chinese). Generally, each ethnic groups communicate in their own language. Religious : Islam, Protestant, Catholic, Hindu, Budha, Kong hu chu.
Riau province comprises of 12 regencies / municipalities as follows :
1. Pekanbaru, its capital city is Pekanbaru
2. Dumai, its capital city is Dumai
3. Rokan Hilir regency, its capital city is Bagansiapi-api
4. Rokan Hulu regency, its capital city is Pasirpengaraian
5. Siak regency, its capital city is Siak Sri Indrapura
6. Indragiri Hilir regency, its capital city is Tembilahan
7. Indragiri Hulu regency, its capital city is Rengat
8. Palalawan regency, its capital city is Pangkalan Kerinci
9. Kampar regency, its capital city is Bangkinang
10. Bengkalis regency, its capital city is Bengkalis
11. Kuantan Singingi regency, its capital city is Taluk Kuantan
12. Meranti Archipelago regency, its capital city is Selat Panjang
Rubber and palm oil plantation are the flourishing in Riau, and are managed by either government or private companies, there are also lemon and cocunut plantation, for palm oil alone, Riau has 1.34 million hectares width, plus 116 palm oil manufacturers, which produce 3.386.800 tons of CPO per years.
Forestry empowerment basically covers all of efforts in exploiting and upgrading forest resources and other biological resources plus the ecosystem, either as protection and life support for biodiversity or as development resources.