Conservation efforts led by Buleleng villages

Desy Nurhayati, The Jakarta Post, Denpasar | Mon, 08/08/2011 8:00 AM

Villagers in Bondalem and Tejakula in Bali’s northern regency of Buleleng have proven that conservation efforts can begin with small community-based groups.

They have inspired seven other surrounding villages to join them in establishing the East Buleleng marine conservation zone, a remarkable first step in the national program to establish 20 million hectares of protected area by 2020.

Bondalem village made the breakthrough on Earth Day in 2008 by declaring a marine managed area for coral reefs.

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