In a special event attended by hundreds of Sanur village residents, students and local government officials on Friday, September 15, 2006, some 1,200 trees representing 7 species were planted in the popular seaside area surrounding Mertasari Beach.
Also participating in the "re-greening project" were Denpasar's Mayor Drs. AA Puspayoga and Vice-Mayor IB Rai Dharmawijaya Mantra.
Ir.Ketut Suandi, Denpasar's Head of Environmental Services, hailed the event telling the Indonesian language Bali Post the tree planting exercise would hopefully help integrate environmental action into every aspect of development in order that Bali's natural environment becomes sustainable. Bemoaning the fact that the people of Bali still incorrectly view environmental actions as a matter best left to the Government, Suandi insisted that public participation is absolutely critical to preserving the local environment.
An Increasing Crowded Sanur
Speaking at the community-wide tree planting, the Chief of the Sanur Kuah village, I Made Dhana, explained that his community's population density had already reached 6,089 people per hectare of land. Sanur covers a total area of 386 square kilometers inhabited by a population of 12,177 people. As the result of Sanur's growing population many green areas of the village are under growing threat bring with it an accompanying problem of waste and rubbish disposal.
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