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Pastika: Serious About Making Bali Green

Bali Pledges to Become Green and Clean by 2013.

(7/24/2010) The Jakarta Globe covered the opening on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, of the Bali Green Province Workshop where Bali's governor once again declared his desire to see Bali become green and environmentally friendly. Lending further gravitas to the governor's pledge, Made Pastika said he intends to see Bali be green by 2013.

Calling his pledge a "challenge for all Bali citizens," Pastika said the island's commitment to environmentalism is underlined by Bali's selection as host for a United Nations World Tourism Organization environmentally friendly program earlier in the year.

Leading on from the governor's call to action, AA Gede Alit Sastrawan of the Bali Environmental Management Agency said that Bali's administrators would transform Bali into a green province via holistic solutions to pollution problems. Chief among these problems is the minimization of waste and recycling programs.

Bali is seeking to bring about behavioral change among island residents through education, the establishment of new customs and the creation of a clean-green culture.

Part and parcel of the greening of Bali is a renewed emphasis on Bali's agricultural base by halting the loss of productive farming lands to other uses. Rp. 1 billion (US$111,000) has been allocated to this end from provincial budgets with additional support promised from the UNWTO and United Nations.