Reacting to mounting protest and criticism, the Forestry Minister Zulfiki Hasan has promised to cancel plans to give a use concession to a private firm for a 100-hectare tract of National Forest Reserve near Lake Buyun, Buleleleng regency, North Bali.
As reported by Balidiscovery.com, PT Nusa Bali Abadi (PT NBA) obtained an initial permit to develop a luxury resort in the National Forest in 2007. Bali’s governor immediately objected to the plan, writing to the Minister of Forestry urging that the permit be withdrawn. Five years on, the governor had yet to receive a response from the Ministry.
Emboldened by their ability to bypass Bali’s governor, PT NBA requested that their concession be expanded to 102 hectares, a request that unleashed a renewed hailstorm of criticism from Governor Pastika, environmental activists and local community groups.
Visiting Bali to attend a Cabinet Meeting held at the Tampaksiring Presidential Palace, Minister Zulifli Hasan, told the Bali Daily that he would respond to the strong objections of Balinese society and promptly cancel permits for use of the National forest in Bali by PT NBA.
Hasan further pledged that without the agreement of the Buleleng administration and Bali’s governor no project would be allowed to be built in the forest reserve.
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