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Bali Governor to Rehabilitate Suwung's Mangroves

Bali's Plan to Recover Mangrove Lands Now Covered by Rubbish Tip Awaiting Jakarta's Approval.

(12/21/2009) Bali's governor Made Mangku Pastika wants to rehabilitate the mangrove forests located on Denpasar's southern border of Suwung, now intruded upon by the municipal rubbish dump (TPA).

The 30 hectare dump TPA Suwung resides in an environmentally sensitive mangrove areas.

Governor Pastika, quoted in beritabali.com, said he has requested permission from the central government in Jakarta to restore and rehabilitate the entire mangrove area at TPA Suwung. The governor told the press that how mangrove areas are used is a matter totally under the control of the national government in Jakarta.

Pastika said that he wants to limit and scale back the rubbish dump to only 10 hectares, rehabilitating the remaining 20 hectares to remain as protected mangrove forests.

Pastika said he hopes his proposal gets Jakarta's nod, bearing in mind the proposed rehabilitation will add to Bali's diminishing forested areas which now stands at only 22.5% of the total area of the island. The governor also pointed to the critical role played by mangrove forests in halting the abrasive action of Bali's beaches and as a spawning areas for ocean fisheries.