Forestry Minister Asked for Airport Extension Reconsideration
BADUNG ~ Forestry Minister MS Kaâ€™ban has asked officials to reconsider an extension plan of Ngurah Rai International Airport in a bid to preserve the surrounding mangrove ecosystem.
Kaâ€™ban said that Bali should learn from the tsunami disaster in Aceh, as mangroves act as a barrier protecting the land from a tsunami as well as preventing soil erosion.
Development of the airportâ€™s runway, he said this week, should proceed but not at the expense of sacrificing the mangrove forest.
â€œIt would be best if there is technology that would allow airport development without destroying the mangrove.
â€œThe regulators should allow development to begin only when substitute land is available for the mangrove forest,â€ he said.Filed under: The Island