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Damaged Lake Batur approved as top government priority

  /   Wed, November 19 2008   /  11:12 am

The State Ministry for the Environment has named Lake Batur in Bali as one of 10 lakes in Indonesia to be given management precedence, due to its particularly fast rate of deterioration, caused mainly by human encroachment. The announcement was disclosed at a meeting that discussed how to salvage lakes in Bali, Nusa Tenggara and Sulawesi, held at the Regional Environment Office in Denpasar on Friday. The nine other endangered lakes are: Toba, Maninjau and Singkarak in Sumatera; Tempe, Tondano, Poso and Matano in Sulawesi; Limboto in Gorontalo and Rawa Pening in Central Java. "The threats against lake ecosystems in Indonesia are very complex as they face everything from rampant illegal logging and reckless land conversion to water pollution and sedimentation problems," Antung Deddy Radiansyah, deputy assistant at the river and lake control unit of the environmental ministry, s...