Indonesia's Bali aims to become first green province

Updated: 2010-10-25 11:41
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JAKARTA -- After declaring its commitment to "go green", Indonesia's Bali is now aiming higher to be the country's first green province, the Jakarta Post quoted an official as saying on Monday.

"A series of  'road maps' and associated activities to help reach the goal are currently being prepared,"local environment office chief Anak Agung Gede Alit Sastrawan said.

The plans, Sastrawan said, include designing the"Bali Clean and Green"program, which would involve the regency, city and provincial administrations, with additional support from the private sector and local residents.

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"The program hopes to make Bali clean, healthy and green by targeting three main themes -- green culture, green economy and green environment,"he said.

The program's activities would include popularizing organic farming, effective plastic waste disposal and environment-friendly investment policies.

"A draft detailing activities and targets will be included in the road map, which we are currently preparing,"Sastrawan said.

Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika hopes the road map would serve as another pillar of Bali's future development, one that would prioritize environmental preservation and help make Bali Indonesia's first green province.

"Our goal has gained broad support, both locally and internationally. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has fully endorsed the commitment. With strong will and hard work, I'm sure we can reach our goals,"Governor Made said.