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Bali Environmentalists Call Out ‘Destruction Of Nature’ In The Name Of Tourism Development

Environmentalists in Bali are calling out the provincial government and private companies that are playing an active role in turning some of Bali’s biodiversity hotspots over to development projects. Speaking at a community discussion titled ‘How Are We?’ In Denpasar on Saturday, the Manager of the Bali Water Protection Program made it abundantly clear the …

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Mass Capture Of Tropical Fish off Bali Coast Spells Disaster For Biodiversity And Tourism

An investigation has found that millions of saltwater fish are being caught in the waters around Bali every year. These tropical fish are being sent to aquariums and fish tanks across the globe, spelling potential disaster for vulnerable coral reefs. While the mass capture of tropical fish may provide jobs for some rural coastal communities, …

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Bali Urges Residents To Take Action To Resolve Island’s Waste Problem

Waste management is a longstanding topic of conversation for the Bali Provincial Government. Being an island with limited space and limited resources, Bali has made bold pledges to close down landfill sites and convert to a strict reduce, reuse, and recycle policy in the last two years.   Ahead of the G20 Summit that will …

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Bali Environmental Leaders Say Rapid Development Is To Blame For Recent Natural Disasters

Environmental leaders in Bali have shared the results of their assessment of changing land use on the island and the impact it has on the provinces’ resilience to changing weather. The Indonesian Forum for the Environment of Bali Province (WALHI) revealed their research concludes that the increase in natural disasters is directly related to the …

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Bali Worries ‘Unstoppable Flow’ Of Tourism Negatively Impacts Environment

Communities and traditional leaders in Bali are raising concerns about the impact of mass tourism development on the environment. In areas like Canggu and the villages surrounding Ubud, building development for rental homes, guesthouses, and hotels for tourists and longer-term international residents have often been built on productive farmland. Anthropologists, conservationists, and traditional Balinese leaders …

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Emotional Scene As Three Rescue Dolphins In Bali Released Into The Wild

Over the weekend, there were emotional scenes in North Bali as conservation agencies released three rescued Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins into the open ocean.  The release comes three years after the initial rescue of captive dolphins Johnny, Rocky, and Rambo, from a hotel in North Bali, where they were used in tourist shows. The release effort …

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Devastating Coal Spill Off Bali Coast Finally Under Control

A coal transport barge that ran aground on the waters off the Northern Bali coast has finally been evacuated. The barge loaded with over 9 tonnes of coal got stranded on Sunday, 28th August. Coal has been spilling off the barge since last weekend. It is not yet known the extent of the damage the …

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Bali Targets Net Zero By 2060 With Roll Out Of Electric Moped Initiative

Bali Governor Wayan Koster has announced that Bali will be an ‘Emission Free Province’ by 2060. Koster and central government ministers launched two new programs this week focusing on the transition towards green energy. There has been much speculation over the legitimacy of Indonesia’s green ambitions. Yet Governor Koster’s statements on Thursday clearly demonstrate his …

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Conservationists In Bali Update Tourist Diving Regulations To Protect Rare Marine Life

The seasonal return of shoals of Sunfish in the shallow waters around Nusa Penida has led local conservationists to update and promote the code of conduct for divers and snorkelers. Sunfish, known locally as Mola-Mola, are most commonly found in the waters off Nusa Penida from July to September. Tourists from all around the world …

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More Positive Cases Of Foot And Mouth Disease Found In Bali As Cattle Vaccines Run Out

Three more cases of Foot and Mouth Disease have been detected in Tabanan Regency in Bali. The Tabanan Agricultural Service has been proactive in its approach to the newly discovered cases, although vaccines for cattle in the area have run out.  Foot and Mouth Disease, referred to in Indonesia as penyakit mulut dan kudu (PMK), …

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UNESCO Teams Complete Review Of Bali’s Batur Geopark To Renew Protected Status

An auditing team from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation has been completing an assessment of Bali’s Batur Geopark. The teams arrived in Bali on Saturday 16th July and held a meeting with Governor Koster to discuss their plans for the week ahead.  Governor Koster told the Indonesian News Agency Antara ‘The presence …

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Bali Increases Conservation Efforts To Tackle Water Scarcity Across Island

Although Bali is surrounded by water, the island is facing water scarcity that is predicted to last until 2030. Many islands in Indonesia, including Bali and Java, and Nusa Tenggara are all facing water scarcity as a result of climate change. Bali-based NGO Puri Kauhan Ubud Foundation launched a new program this week to increase …

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