Tue, 27 Oct 2009
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There are several endangered islands, which include Bangka and Belitung islands.

VIVAnews Climate change is threatening small islands across the world, including the Nusa Penida island in Indonesia, which will be drowned if the climate change mitigation scenario is not prepared any soon.

The escalating global temperature has caused the rising sea level and threatened archipelagic countries, according to the director of Wisnu Foundation I Made Suarnatha in a seminar on climate change on Monday, Oct. 26.

In the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)’s 2005 report, it is mentioned that one meter rise in the sea level will drown Maldives and 50 centimeters rise will drawn 60 percent of Grenada beach. In Indonesia, there are several endangered islands, which include Bangka and Belitung island, Solor island in East Nusa Tenggara, Wetar island, Obi island, and Kai island in Maluku, also Gag island in Papua.

Suarnatha explained that the policy which allows the tourism industry for expanding without considering the environment and social safety may affect the island’s supportive and absorptive ability. “Small islands, such as Bali, most likely have beautiful beaches that intrigue the local government to develop the site into mass tourism spots. Therefore, Bali is also endangered,” he said.

The climate change issue is being discussed today in the seminar held by the Bali collaboration for climate change, a coalition of non-governmental organizations in Bali which is concerned in climate change.



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