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UNWTO Designates Bali as a Green Tourism Destination

UNWTO to Help Bali Secure Financial Support for Green Tourism Projects.

(12/6/2009) Jakarta Globe reports that Bali has been designated by the United Nation's World Travel Organization (UNWTO) for a pilot project to develop eco-friendly tourism.

Geoffrey Lipmann, UNWTO Assistant Secretary General, in a meeting with Bali's governor, Made Mangku Pastika, said that the island's natural environment was under threat despite long-standing cultural traditions that strive to maintain balance between mankind, nature and the spiritual realm. Lipmann said, "that wisdom is alive and well and is still deeply held to this day."

Lipmann said that Bali's endemic environmental wisdom would need to cultivated and encouraged to deal with the challenges of climate change.

The UNWTO plans to help Bali assess its current situation, seek solutions and them help the island secure financial support from various sources, including the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.

Among the possible projects identified by Lipmann as part of the Bali project were alternative energy sources and natural conservation.

Touching on the need for creating a green economy for Bali, Lipmann said, "the concept encompasses reduction of carbon dioxide production, environmentally friendly investment, the use of alternative energy, preservation of biodiversity and other issues."

Governor Pastika welcomed the UNWTO interest and commitment to help Bali preserve its natural environment and unique culture.