As Bali reclamation project dies, activists seek conservation status

first_imgActivism, Coastal Ecosystems, Conflict, Development, Environment, Environmental Activism, Environmental Law, Environmental Politics, Fishing, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Infrastructure, Mangroves, Marine Ecosystems, Oceans, Politics, Urban Planning Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? 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In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? 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I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Basten Gokkoncenter_img Activists in Bali have welcomed the automatic cancellation of a permit for a reclamation project in the Indonesian resort island’s Benoa Bay.The permit expired after the developer failed to secure government approval for its environmental impact assessment for the project.The planned development would have cleared large areas of the bay’s mangrove ecosystem for new artificial islands to host a convention center, hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues.The activists have called on the government to restore the bay’s status as a strictly protected area for future conservation. DENPASAR, Indonesia — Hundreds of people in Bali are celebrating a key victory against a multi-billion-dollar land reclamation project that would have destroyed vast swaths of mangroves on the resort island.Aug. 25 marked four years since PT Tirta Wahana Bali Internasional (TWBI), a property development unit of Indonesian tycoon Tomy Winata’s Artha Graha conglomerate, was granted a concession to develop Benoa Bay, home to a mangrove forest. Its permit allowed it to build artificial islands for a convention center, hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues, spanning a total of 700 hectares (1,730 acres).Under Indonesian law, however, if a permit is not renewed after four years, it is automatically cancelled. And that’s the case now with TWBI, which never received government approval to extend its permit. This stemmed from the environment ministry not approving the developer’s environmental impact assessment, known locally as the AMDAL, for its project plans.An AMDAL is required for any project with the potential to cause disruption, from environmental degradation to posing a national security risk. The lengthy permitting process for development projects in Indonesia is also meant to give the general public a chance to weigh in.Marketing literature showing the development plans for the proposed artificial islands in Benoa Bay. Image courtesy of PT Tirta Wahana Bali Internasional.The Benoa Bay reclamation project, valued at 30 trillion rupiah ($2 billion), has from the start been widely criticized by conservationists because it would clear much of the bay’s rich mangrove ecosystem that feeds the local fishing community. Thousands of Indonesians, from environmental activists and local fishermen to artists and rock musicians, have staged a series of protests and demonstrations in an attempt to shut down the reclamation project.Opposition to the project has also come from Bali’s government and provincial legislature. The island’s governor-elect, I Wayan Koster, and the legislative speaker, I Nyoman Adi Wiryatama, joined a protest on Aug. 24 against the plan and any development threatening the bay’s ecosystem.“We are here to show our official rejection of the Benoa Bay reclamation,” Wiryatama told reporters in Bali’s capital, Denpasar.The development plan has also received little support from other provincial governments. In April 2015, the governor of East Java, the closest province to Bali, rejected a proposal to dredge sea sand off the coast for use in the project. Before that, the governor of neighboring West Nusa Tenggara province shot down a similar proposal, citing ecological concerns.In a response to the permit expiration, the Bali Forum Against Reclamation (ForBALI) praised the national government for not issuing the required documents for the project.“This is a win for the people of Bali who have fought against the project for five years,” said I Wayan Suardana, a coordinator for the group. “We hope this can be an example for the people to continue to be critical of unfair development, and be a lesson to investors in Bali to pay attention to environmental and social aspects.”But even though TWBI’s concession is no longer valid, it won’t stop the development of Benoa Bay, said Hendi Lukman, former executive director of TWBI, in an interview with Mongabay-Indonesia in May.“There’s an ongoing plan to expand the Benoa port, the Ngurah Rai airport, and a planned project for an airport in northern Bali — all of these will include coastal reclamation,” Hendi said.“We are just one of the many companies that are interested in the opportunity,” he added.Hendi said the termination of the project would set a bad precedent for the investment climate in Indonesia, citing the uncertainty over obtaining permits.The reclamation project in Benoa Bay was set to clear large swaths of rich mangrove ecosystem. Image by Anton Muhajir/Mongabay-Indonesia.The development of Benoa Bay includes a reclamation project to build artificial islets for a convention center, hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues. Image by Anton Muhajir/Mongabay-Indonesia.The controversial project was initially approved in 2012 after a feasibility study by researchers at Bali’s Udayana University said that, among other benefits, the development would provide protection against tsunamis, since the mangrove swamp would be back-filled to several meters higher than current levels.Environmental groups, however, questioned the validity of the study’s findings, citing conflicting evidence that the development would be an ecological disaster. The study was reportedly conducted under an MoU with TWBI.ForBALI has also called on the national government to restore Benoa Bay’s full conservation status, which it lost in 2012 when the governor at the time issued a decree that classified the bay a public zone where a range of activities is permitted, including fisheries, tourism and residential development.In May 2014, then-President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono also signed a regulation revising the conservation status of Benoa Bay. Observers saw the policy changes as a means to allow the reclamation project to proceed.“Our hope is for President Joko Widodo to revoke the 2014 presidential regulation,” ForBALI’s Suardana said.Governor-elect Koster has promised to rehabilitate the area. “We will reforest the destroyed area and keep it as a green zone,” he said.Activists and locals in Bali celebrate their victory against the controversial reclamation project in Benoa Bay. Image by Luh De Suriyani.Banner image shows activists staging a protest in the waters of Benoa Bay against the reclamation project. Image courtesy of ForBALI.The story was reported by Mongabay’s Indonesia team and was first published on our Indonesian site on Aug. 27, 2018.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.last_img

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