Referred to locally as a 'sleeping giant', Halmahera islands is rich in minerals and timber but has only very recently started to be exploitedand nearly islands form what is known as the North Maluku Endemic Bird Area which has no less than 26 species not found elsewhere.

(For a full chronicle of this trip, visit eapblog.worldbank.org/users/tony-whitten)

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Taken on March 16, 2008