Beach Protection ‘Not a Priority’ for Buleleng
Buleleng regency has made no 2011 budget provision for funding to fight the growing threat of beach erosion, preferring to rely on provincial and central government spending to make up the shortfall.
The serious risk of beach erosion affects nearly 50 kilometres of Buleleng’s coastline, including in the tourist areas around Lovina.
Beaches in the regency have been hard-hit by erosion from big seas and heavy and extended rains, resulting in the loss of tens of hectares of rice fields and extensive property damage.
Of Buleleng’s 157-kilometre long coastline, severe erosion has been reported along 48 kilometres, of which only 36 kilometres has been given additional erosion protection.
The remaining 11 kilometres of heavily eroded beach is still being subject to further erosion because of storms and bigger than normal waves. Two kilometres of beach have been totally swept away in the past year.
Buleleng public works chief Nyoman Gede Suryawan said last Friday that money to fight beach erosion in 2010 came from the Buleleng, Bali and central government budgets.
The regency paid for anti-erosion work on 5.5 kilometres of beach with the remaining 43 kilometres of coastline most at risk being covered by provincial and central spending.
Suryawan said in 2011 Buleleng had other spending priorities. Damage to the shoreline was considered very important when compared with road maintenance, irrigation, and other public works.
He said Buleleng wanted to continue to handle remedial and protective work on beaches but would have to do so with provincial and central government money.Filed under: Headlines