Pastika Seeks World Standards for Bali Environment Rules

DENPASAR

Governor I Made Mangku Pastika has told Bali’s district administrations they should use international-quality standards in an effort to maintain the cleanliness and environmental quality in Bali.

He said this week that cleanliness and garbage disposal had become a key problem for Bali because tourists were now starting to complain.

“This is a challenge for the provincial government of Bali and district towns in Bali, to be able to consistently maintain the cleanliness and environmental quality,” Pastika said.

“It means we should really consistent.”

Klungkung regency’s capital, Semarapura, has just won the Adipura award as the cleanest small town in Indonesia award for the sixth year running.

The award was presented to Regent Wayan Candra by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at a ceremony at the State Palace in Jakarta last week.

Semarapura has won the award every year since 2005.

But this week Pastika said it was not enough just to take pride in the Adipura achievement.

Environmental quality was failing throughout the island, he said.

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3 Responses to “Pastika Seeks World Standards for Bali Environment Rules”

  1. David Says:

    Good luck to the folks here on this problem ! Solutions start with education ….. in the schools & the banjars .

    As a good friend of mine so astutely pointed out … in my country (U.S.) , a long ago all the trees were cut down in his state due to greed and no foresight … well, 85% of them ! Finally … the folks there realized they had no trees …… the folks there panicked & a solution was agreed upon… the solution was to spend some money, educate & plant trees…. plant allot of them …. it took a long time , about 100+ yrs …. but now his state is beautiful again … better late than never …

    Will the folks here realize and change their self destructive thinking pattern of what they are not doing …. before it is too late & tourism declines …. an overly polluted island .. Non Biodegradable garbage, air pollution & traffic jams …

    Ya , thats where I want to vacation, spend 30hrs. + getting there…. to see the sights & spend my hard earned money !!

    My Balinese neighbors in Ubud refuse to pay Rp 25.000 per month for trash service…(supporting a local Balinese trash service). My neighbors are successful in the tourism industry, not kampung people with no income…. it’s cheaper to throw the plastic non biodegradable trash into the rivers where they don’t see it again or the impact it causes … or burn it causing poison to distribute itself where the wind blows ……..

    Rp 25.000 per month for trash service supporting a local business. They won’t help their own, their island or realize the impact caused by their tight fisted ways….

    Educate the young … it’s the only chance …. most of the local folks are too greedy, hard headed & stuck in their ways, not open to change….. even though it was change and the tourists that brought & brings ALL the financial rewards to this island ……… without tourism ? Imagine Bali with a 20% occupancy rate …

    Only time will tell ……..

  2. Maria Says:

    The sight of so much waste, breaks my heart, every time I visit.
    Last time I came back from a swim at Pantai Kuta, and on my way back I picked up all the trash around me in the water and on the beach. Within 5 minutes I had a whole plastic bag full! You should have seen the looks on the faces of some locals and sellers at the beach.
    Education is a must and give the people an incentive instead of making them pay to have their trash picked up.
    I believe this requires a cooperation between provincial goverment, locals and expats (and tourists).
    Many small steps can make such a big difference.

  3. Johnny Cool Says:

    Not all of the “environmental degradation” on Bali is visible. For example, noise pollution, especially from karaoke bars, “cafes” and discotheques seems to continue unabated, especially in the south.

    Even local Balinese seem powerless to do anything about them. I hope the Governor includes this issue in his considerations about what constitutes “environmental quality in Bali”.

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