Badung legislator launches drive to save environment

The speaker of the Badung Legislative Council in Bali, I Wayan Puspa Negara, has proposed an initiative to save the environment by issuing local regulations.

"Environmental concerns, especially pollution and the destruction of the environment have always been an important issue during any development process in almost all regions of Indonesia that need to be rescued as soon as possible. This is to ensure that the country's environment is not damaged in the future," he said in Mangupura, Bali, on Tuesday as quoted by Antara news agency.

Wayan stated that the Badung regency had a large and dense population, and was grappling with complex environmental issues, such as natural resource degradation, pollution, natural disasters, and coastal issues.

These increasingly complex problems are a result of an unprofessional development plan based on economic and ecological interests.

The problems have accumulated over the last decade due to several environmental crises. "In the end, the cost to repair the environmental damage is much more than the economic benefits that have been generated," he pointed out.

Wayan further said that based on Law No.32/2009, which is related to the protection and management of the environment, the local administration possessed the authority within the framework of environmental protection and management to restructure and enforce environmental law.

Therefore through the council's initiative, the Badung regency is considering the establishment of regulations governing environmental protection and management in accordance with the problems faced in the area.

Meanwhile, Badung Regent Anak Agung Gde Agung welcomed the initiative aimed at formulating a local regulation plan.

"I hope the meeting on the local environment regulation can be reviewed and imposed immediately," he said.

He said he also hoped that the regulations would be useful for managing the environment in the richest regency on Bali Island.