Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka (official name since May 22, 1972: Socialist Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka), is an island country located in the Indian Ocean, 50 km from India, the two countries being separated by the Palk Strait, but almost connected by the Adam’s Bridge. It has an area of 65,610 km2 and a population of over 20.4 million. The island was known under the British Empire as Ceylon and previously as Taprobane, then Serendib.

The rice fields of Bali

On the island of Bali, Indonesia, the rice terraces are a real natural heritage. The countryside around Jatiluwih is now the flagship natural site recently recognized by Unesco. Its famous rice fields also represent a perfect example of the functioning of the Balinese subak, those irrigation and water management systems that are traditionally anchored in Balinese culture.