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Jakarta Post

Toll road to cost island 2 hectares of mangrove

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 7 2011   /  11:29 am

The construction of a new toll road connecting southern Denpasar with Ngurah Rai International Airport and Nusa Dua will cost the island 2 hectares of pristine mangrove forest.

Mangroves are havens for endemic biodiversity and natural barriers against coastal erosion.

The planned toll road is the central government’s solution to the chronic traffic that haunts Bali’s sole expressway.

The gridlock often sees drivers and visitors taking up to three hours to reach Ubud from the airport. The new road is also one of two major infrastructure projects in preparation for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in 2013.

The other project is a sprawling complex of luxurious accommodations, cultural venues and conference areas. Both projects have drawn strong criticism from local environmental activists.

The potential loss of 2 hectares of mangro...