Subak Ecotourism Provides Positive Contribution

DENPASAR

The Professor of Udayana University, Prof Dr Wayan Windia, MS assess the development of ecotourism in subak areas in Bali will be able to achieve three goals at once simultaneously.

“All three goals simultaneously includes welfare improvement, maintain wealth of the local economy and improve the integrity of the local ecosystem,” said Prof Windia, who is also head of the research group of subak system in Udayana University, Denpasar.

He said tourism is becoming one of the external forces that influence the direction and options for regional development. Therefore, sustainable tourism development is expected to be as small as possible and prevent the negative impact of tourist visits to subak area.

Tourist visits were actually expected to increase and consumption activities contribute positively to local sustainable development.

He stressed that the solution to the adverse effects should be found in the interest of tourism with the community, tourism businesses and tourism components.

The three components together to preserve its natural and social heritage from the area of subak tourist destination.

Therefore institutional mechanism should be established that can lead to develope a sense of common interest, as well as securing legitimacy and mechanisms.

The participation and support of local groups are expected to be able to reduce the negative impacts such as environmental degradation and pollution due to local cultural and tourist activities.

Thus, the development of ecotourism in subak area can also serve to build awareness and appreciation for the environment and culture of the tourists, local communities and stakeholders in tourism, he said.

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