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Indonesia Affirms Commitment To Blue Economy Bringing Benefits To Marine Tourism 

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The World Water Forum is being hosted in Bali until the 25th May.

With world leaders and climate experts all gathered to discuss the world’s relationship with water, Indonesia has confirmed that it is doubling down on its commitment to the blue economy.

A mission that will bring benefits to both local people and tourists. 

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Speaking at an event titled ‘Blue Economy Innovation: for Shared Prosperity’ at the World Water Forum on Sunday, 19th May, the Acting Governor of Bali, Sang Made Mahendra Jaya, discussed Indonesia’s commitment to developing more innovative and inclusive strategies to encourage prosperity of coastal communities and sustainability in facing growing environmental challenges. 

During his talk, the Acting Governor said that the Bali Provincial Government is committed to managing marine resources in a sustainable manner in the context of economic growth.

He shared how the Balinese government is committed to prioritizing community participation, resource efficiency, creating double-added value, multiple revenue streams involving more labor, and producing minimal waste.

Acting Governor Jaya explained, “The aim of implementing this blue economy is to ensure the preservation of marine biodiversity and marine ecosystems as well as the coastal and marine environment in a sustainable manner, to encourage economic growth in the marine and fisheries industry, and to increase the welfare of society, especially coastal communities.”

The Acting Governor touched on Bali’s huge potential in the marine economy. He noted that areas where more investment would garner significant results, include fisheries consisting of capture fisheries, aquaculture and processing industry, marine biotechnology industry, marine tourism, inter-island and inter-provincial transportation, as well as non-conventional resources such as ocean thermal energy conservation in North Bali sea, deep sea water industry and salt industry which also have great potential. 

Specifically, Acting Governor Jaya discussed how more investment and focus on developing the blue economy would bolster Bali’s tourism development.

He shared how the sea has the potential to develop marine tourism along the Bali coastline.

This diversification of tourist attractions would help promote lesser visited areas of Bali, helping to further distribute tourism and mitigate the risks of overtourism.

Acting Governor Jaya said that with efforts to develop more marine tourism, tourism would develop alongside marine ecosystem protections that support sustainability and can provide community welfare benefits.

The acting governor told the room, “All of this potential is developed by applying the values of local Balinese wisdom and avoiding excessive exploitation practices. By developing a blue economy based on local wisdom values, Balinese nature and culture will remain sustainable, while the Balinese people will live more prosperously.”


In the same session, the Minister of National Development Planning Suharso Monoarfa said the blue economy functions as a response to three crises: climate change, loss of biodiversity, and pollution and waste.

He said, “The blue economy is important because of its modality, considering that around 70% of our planet is covered by water.”


Marine tourism and ocean-based tourism activities are consistently amongst the most in-demand experiences in Bali.

Aside from the island’s work famous surfing scene, tourists from all around the world travel to Bali to snorkel, dive, and free dive.

Bali is famous for being one of the few places in the world where it is possible to snorkel with manta rays year-round, and the precious coral reef ecosystems that surround both Bali and the Nusa Islands mean that tourists can see for themselves one of the world’s most endangered ecosystems. 

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Bali is a fantastic place to learn to surf and complete PADI diving certifications. While destinations like Canggu, Uluwatu, and Seminyak are best known for learning to surf, locations like Amed, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan are dreamy destinations to learn to div and free dive on the Island of the Gods. 

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Wednesday 22nd of May 2024

Activists, academics, students and the public had arranged for an People's Water Forum in Denpasar to discuss water problems in Bali, Indonesia and the world.

However a mass organisation (ormas) arrived to break up the meeting with violence and intimidation. The police and Satpol PP did not stop these violent ormas thugs from closing down this forum addressing real problems in Bali.

As I predicted no discussion whatsoever is allowed related to Bali own water issues. People should be aware there is little or no tolerance for those with views outside the official line.



Thursday 23rd of May 2024

@Exp, Jokowi created these repressive conditions and Prabowo will continue this legacy. Democracy at its finest.

Wayan Mataram

Tuesday 21st of May 2024

Ocean Thermal Energy Conservation Apakah yg dimaksud: the Ocean Thermal Energy CONVERSION - OTEC? Bila ini yg dimaksud mama perbèdaan Suhu air laut dalam dan Suhu permukaan akan dapat dimanfaatkan membangkitkan tenaga Listrik dan keperluan AC sebagai system District Cooling disuatu kawasan


Tuesday 21st of May 2024

Until when this theater is playing. I couldn’t make it to the first show. Stuck in traffic


Tuesday 21st of May 2024

Clean seas around bali his he having a joke.The beaches are full of plastic in the wet season, rubbish left after every ceremony. Untill the balinees started to clean up the seas will be full of crap all year round.

Wayan Bo

Monday 20th of May 2024

Tourists wisdom: Can stay under water until oxygen is nearly finish, can stay in Bali until money is nearly finish (by mostly tourists latest after one month) 🤣