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Bali: The Good Earth

UNESCO Acknowledgement of Baliís Subak Water Irrigation System Prompts Steps to Introduce Legislation to Preserve and Protect Agricultural Lands

(5/27/2012) The provincial government of Bali has promised to prepare rules and regulations to protect and conserve agricultural lands.

According to Beritabali.com, these policies will form part of the follow up to the recent acknowledgement of Bali’s ancient subak irrigation system by the United Nations (UNESCO) as a World Cultural Heritage Site.

The head of Bali’s cultural service, Ketut Suastika, told the press that the protection of agricultural lands used for subak irrigation forms only one part of a larger plan to protect farming on the island.

The provincial government is also planning to create incentives in support of those living within the subak area designated by UNESCO.

Suastika discussed that farmers living in the subak area should be free from property taxes, wondering out loud if the funds to replace these taxes might be accumulated from tourist object admission fees.

Suastika said that a management board was now being established to evaluate and preserve the Subak sites.

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