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‘Plastic, plastic, plastic’: British diver films sea of rubbish off Bali

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Video posted on YouTube shows water densely strewn with food wrappers, cups and sachets as tropical fish dart in and out

A British diver has captured shocking images of himself swimming through a sea of plastic rubbish off the coast of the Indonesian tourist resort of Bali.

A short video posted by diver Rich Horner on his social media account and on YouTube shows the water densely strewn with plastic waste and yellowing food wrappers, the occasional tropical fish darting through the deluge.

With poor government planning and low levels of awareness about waste and recycling, Indonesia is now the second-largest plastic polluter in the world after China.

Read the full article here.

By  for The Guardian

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Discovering Beaches on Nias Island, Indonesia

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Nias IslandNias Island is a stunning Indonesian island with a few surfer tourists enjoying the scenic beaches, abundant wildlife, and welcoming local population. We interview Sustainable Tourism Advisor Björn Svensson for some interesting insights on this tropical island and talk about his role in advising how to develop sustainable tourism in this pristine location. Peter Berg Schmidt. Read more.

 

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24 April 2015 – Six indigenous communities have launched an ecotourism initiative that would show off their ancestral forests in a bid to develop alternate economic models that local government in Indonesia could embrace, moving away from extractive industries such as mining and palm oil plantations. The initiative is called GreenIndonesia. Dan Klotz. Read more.

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Improving the efficiency of lighting can be one of the most simple and cost effective strategies for tourism operations seeking to reduce energy consumption. This fact sheet will help to provide useful information on different types of lighting and tips on how to balance functionality, cost and environmental considerations.    Includes case studies on Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, Australia; and Meliã Bali, Bali, Indonesia.

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Alila Villas Uluwatu’s environmental goals.

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The government and all stakeholders in the tourism industry should pay more attention to the happiness of tourists after visiting Indonesia instead of only focusing on increasing the number of visitors. “So far, the visitors are still regarded as a commodity, or a source of money, but we have not asked whether they are happy after visiting Indonesia,” said World Committee on Tourism Ethics member I Gede Ardika in the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Hub City Forum themed “Indonesia’s Tourism Role in the Complete Visitor Economy” in Yogyakarta on Friday. By Bambang Muryanto. Read more.

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