Bali, Java and Nusa Tenggara to face water shortage: minister
Gianyar, Bali (ANTARA) – Water scarcity is expected to continue to intensify in Bali, including its neighboring islands, Java and Nusa Tenggara, until 2030. All stakeholders must therefore redouble their efforts to conserve water resources.
The statement was made by Minister of National Development Planning (NDP) and Head of the National Development Planning Council (Bappenas), Suharso Monoarfa, in Gianyar, Bali on Tuesday as he attended the launch of the glorification of water” of the Puri Kauhan Ubud Foundation. in Tukad Oos, which is part of a river or irrigation system.
“I fully support the water conservation efforts led by Puri Kauhan Ubud. This is because currently, based on the World Resources Institute (WRI) study in 2015, there are 36 countries with high levels of water stress,” Monoarfa said.
A high level of water stress refers to a situation in which water reserves are insufficient to meet a country’s water demand, he explained.
“In Indonesia, the water scarcity phenomenon in Java, Bali and Nusa Tenggara is expected to continue growing until 2030,” he said.
Simply put, water conservation is an effort to manage water to ensure its smart use, sustainability and availability while maintaining and improving its quality, he added.
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The Puri Kauhan Ubud Foundation has continued its efforts to preserve the environment in Bali by launching the “Glorification of Water Program” in Tukad Oos, themed “Nyapuh Tirah Campuhan”, as well as several action programs.
Action programs include seminar on preservation and development of cultural heritage, folk tale video contest, water and soil conservation activities, economic revitalization of Balinese irrigation system. subakand planting plants for production, ceremonies (upakara) and for medicinal purposes.
They also cover the revitalization of tourist villages, training in waste management, an exhibition of ecological painting and a parade.
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