Keeping Bali’s Mangrove Unchanged

Protestors in Bali Call on President Widodo to Revoke SBY’s Decree on Benoa Bay reports that hundreds of people marching under the banner of “ForBali” demonstrated in Bali on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 protesting plans to reclaim wetlands in Benoa Bay. The protestors carried posters and banners, accompanied by a traditional “Beleganjur” Balinese marching orchestra as they walked around the Bajra Sandhi Monument in Renon, Denpasar.

A field coordinator from ForBali at the demonstration, Bobby, accompanied by a director of Green Indonesia (Walhi), Suriadi Darmoko, voiced their opposition to Presidential Decree No. 51/2014 that changed the status of the wetlands from a conservation zone to an area rezoned suitable for commercial development. “Beona Bay is a natural conservation area that must be preserved.

However, with the issuance of Presidential Decisions Number 51/2014 an opportunity has been created to change the status of the area. Because of this we reject effort to undertake reclamation in that area,” said Bobby. He went on to insist that the Central Government and the Government of the Province of Bali must accept democratic principles and listen to the public’s aspirations regarding Benoa Bay.

Bobby  said it is the government’s responsibility to steer investor’s desires to other areas of Bali more suited to development and more likely to bring economic opportunities to neglected areas of – such as Karangasem, Buleleng and Jembrana. Bobby said he hoped Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo will revoke Presidential Decision Number 51/2014, because the majority of the Balinese people reject that Decision. It would be best, said Bobby, if the President restored Benoa Nay’s status as a Conservation Area.

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