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Bali must stop over- exploiting environment for tourism: Activists

  • The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Fri, September 2 2011   /  08:00 am

Bali’s environment is facing serious degradation due to over-exploitation by the tourist industry, according to activists.

Garbage, water scarcity, massive land conversions and traffic jams have increased due to the island’s inability to manage tourism, the activists agreed.

Wayan Suardana, a representative of the Indonesia Environmental Forum’s (Walhi) Bali chapter, said the problems had resulted from massive development in the tourism industry since the 1990s that had changed from ‘cultural’ to ‘mass tourism’.

“Since then, there has been a massive overtaking of land by investors. Over-exploitation and a policy of ‘selling it cheap’ have taken place,” he said.

Made Suarnatha from the Wisnu Foundation greed, saying: “The problems of garbage, water and land are so obvious. They are the results of years of negligence.”

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