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Tourism industry responsible for water crisis in Bali: Expert

  • Rita A. Widiadana

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Wed, September 5 2012   /  07:46 am

As tourism in Bali enjoys a robust period, the island is struggling to cope with diminishing water resources that have been overexploited to meet the increasing demand for clean water for tourist-related facilities, while the industry has done little to solve the problem, a study concluded.

Prominent British academic Dr. Stroma Cole, a senior lecturer in tourism geography at the University of the West of England, conducted months of research on the causes and the consequences of the scarcity of water in Bali, which are already causing serious social conflicts and burgeoning environmental problems.

Cole presented the results of her comprehensive study in a book entitled A Political Ecology of Water Equity and Tourism — A Case Study from Bali. She shared parts of the study with Bali Daily.

Cole is the former chair of Tourism Concern, a London-based non-profit organi...