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Call for a Moratorium on New Bali Projects

Local Forum Wants a Moratorium on New Projects Until Bali's New Zoning Law is Finalized.

(7/6/2009) The Forum of Concern for the Island of Bali (Forum Peduli Bumi Bali) has called on the government to introduce a moratorium on any new building that will further diminish the island's shrinking land reserve until the current revision of Bali's new Zoning Plan (RTRWP) is completed.

Reported by BeritaBali.com, the Forum's coordinator, Made Suarnatha, said the government should suspend approval on any new projects until the lengthy negotiation between the executive and legislative branches of Bali's government finally manage to hammer out and socialize the long-awaited RTRWP. Suarnatha explained: "If the current process between the House of Representatives and the executive remains uncertain, it's better if we introduce a moratorium. We need to understand and accept a plan for Bali's zoning for the next 20 years."

Suarnatha also called into question the formation of an evaluation team for the RTRWP by the governor, when that task has already been assigned to the provincial House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali)