Bali Is Nation’s ‘Cleanest Province’
The central government has appraised Bali as having the best environment of all the country’s 33 provinces.
The Environment Ministry said Bali’s near-perfect score of 99.65 percent during a 2010 national assessment was far higher than other parts of Indonesia.
In the ministry’s previous survey, Bali came third nationwide.
The newly released report says a focal point of pollution is in the country’s rivers.
“Changes in the index for every region is determined by the amount of polluting substances and water volumes of its rivers,” says the report.
It found, unsurprisingly, given its chronic traffic problems, that the capital, Jakarta, was the most polluted place in the country.
The new accolade for Bali comes after recent criticism in an article by Time magazine that said the island had descended into a “hell” due to masses of rubbish strewn on beaches, gridlock on the roads and pollution elsewhere.
Governor I Made Mangku Pastika is promoting a “Clean and Green” programme to keep Bali environmentally safe.Filed under: Headlines