Bali's Coastline

Bali’s Coastline Disappearing at Alarming Rate, Government Wants Sustainable Development


A new study shows that the Bali’s coastline is shrinking very fast. The study was conducted by a group of researchers from Indonesia, Japan, and Turkey in their journal published on May 29 2024 in the journal Regional Studies in Marine Science.

As reported by Mongabay, Bali’s coastline decreased to 662.59 kilometers from the previous 668.64 km between 2016 and 2021 at an average of -1.21 meters per year.

This causes sea levels to rise rapidly and worsens flooding conditions in coastal areas. Of course, this threatens the ecosystem and the lives of local communities.


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Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno urged the public not to develop tourist destinations that can damage nature. This is his responds following reports that the coastline in Bali has begun to shrink due to abrasion.

Many suspect this condition is due to the construction of villas and beach clubs on the coast of Bali.

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​Indonesia Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno. (courtesy of UMSU)

“Development must be ensured. Not only in Bali, but in any tourist destinations in Indonesia, it must be of high quality and sustainable. So we must present the process of preserving the environment,” Sandiaga said in the Weekly Brief with Sandiaga Uno at the Sapta Pesona Building, Central Jakarta, Monday, July 8, 2024.

Sandiaga explained that the natural phenomenon of climate change and global warming also causes abrasion and shrinking coastlines in Bali. This resulted in an increase in sea level so that it further eroded Bali’s coastline.

“The impact of climate change with sea level rising with global warming, there is indeed an increase in water levels. And this must be addressed with great care,” he said.

Furthermore, Sandiaga said that the people and industry that involved in tourism and creative economy also need to be aware of the responsibility of protecting nature, especially in carrying out development in tourist destinations.

It is not only beach clubs in Bali that need quality and responsible development; it also needs to be carried out in every tourist destination in the country.

“So let’s make sure that development, not just beach clubs and villas but all types of development, do not damage the environment,” he said.

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