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Enriching Baliís Coral Reefs

Pemuteran North Bali Reef Restoration and Conservation Cited by UNDP as Worthy of World Emulation

(8/10/2012) The United Nations is hoping that the management systems for protection and conservation of the coral reef near the community of Pemuteran in Buleleng, North Bali can become a positive example to other communities around the world.

The restoration and management of the coral reef at Pemuteran carried out by the Yayasan Karang Lestari has won numerous awards, including the 2012 Equator Prize and a United Nations Development Program Award (UNDP) for ocean conservancy.

Quoted by Beritabali.com, El-Mostafa Benlamlih, UNDP Resident Representative said that tourists come to Indonesia in search of environmental protection, cultural preservation, and oceans’ conservancy. He said tourists wish to see how people live in harmony with their environment and, when they see evidence of success in managing the environment, then tourism becomes a sustainable product.

El-Mostafa Benlamlih comments were made in Buleleng on Thursday, December 7, 2012, where he highly praised local restoration and management of the coral reef, saying other coastal peoples should emulate and study the example set by the people of Pemuteran.