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Campgrounds of Bali?

Serangan Island Proposed as Campground for UN Meet in May

(5/6/2002) The Preparatory Committee Meeting IV for the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development scheduled to take place in Bali May 27 - June 07, is expected to draw up to 6,000 visitors to Bali from around the world. While many of the official delegates from around the world will be staying in one of Bali's many luxury hotels, the many less-affluent attendees representing Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's), comprising a loose grouping calling themselves the People's Forum, will be seeking less salubrious accommodation.

In response to this anticipated need for low-cost housing during the conference, the Indonesia's People Forum (IPF) has announced its intention to set up a temporary camp on a small island connected to the southern part of the island by a bridge.

According to the IPF's Coordinator, Ngurah Karyadi, the campground to be established at the the abandoned Pulau Serangan Development will provide inexpensive camp facilities for a minimum 1,000 participants drawn from groups representing farmers, women, youth, children, fishermen, the urban poor, and traditional peoples. In order to further conserve cost and reduce the time and expenses needed to rent busses to travel the approximate 30 minutes by road from Serangan Island to the conference venues in Nusa Dua, the IPF is seeking the cooperation of local fishing villages to provide boat transportation across the Benoa Harbor entrance to Nusa Dua, shortening a 30 minute drive to Nusa Dua by road to a mere 500 meter water crossing.

Countering security concerns in connection with the coming conference, the IPF's coordinator confirmed that those represented by his group would be using a variety of means to make their platforms known to the meetings leaders, but emphasized that all such actions would definitely be peaceful in nature.