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Bali to plant one million trees in 2009

  • Wasti Atmodjo

    Contributor, The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Tue, November 25 2008   /  11:42 am

Bali will spend nearly Rp 400 million (US$3,200) to plant the seeds of 1.35 million trees next year, as part of the central government's plan to "green up" the island in anticipation of environmental disasters. The seeds, including chestnut and mahogany, will be planted inside and outside forests all across Bali, said Dewa Dharma Putra, head of the environmental division of the province's Regional Development Planning Agency. "However, this is just the number of seeds we will plant, we cannot foresee how many of them will actually grow into trees," he stressed. Dharma Putra said areas such as southern Badung suffered from a lack of absorption areas, making them prone to floods, while other areas, such as the Seraya district in Karangasem Regency suffered from extreme drought, which might lead to fires. He added that the areas were categor...