Water scarcity, beach management, the increasing numbers of tourists and the island’s limited carrying capacity are just some of the environmental issues facing Bali in Indonesia
In 1996, triggered by concerns about Bali’s environmental problems and the issues surrounding tourism development, the Wisnu Foundation ‘(a Bali based environmental organisation) set about developing an evaluation system by which hotels can be eco-rated and strive to improve their environmental performance.
The programme is similar to that which has been implemented by BAPEDAL (the Indonesian Environmental Agency) which evaluates and rates industries on the quality of their waste water discharges to the aquatic environment.
Called Proper Prokasih, the industries are inspected every year (on a voluntary basis) and rated from red (for poor performers) through black, blue and green to gold (for the best). Following a workshop run by BAPEDAL on sustainable tourism in late 1997, the Wisnu Foundation invited the general managers of 12 international hotel chains to explore the subject further.
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