Reconciling Economic and Environmental Imperatives in Batam
Published online by Cambridge University Press: 12 February 2019
• Batam's economic transformation has been accompanied by a marked degradation of its natural environment. Enforcement to protect the environment has often been inadequate on many fronts, exacerbated by population increases.
• Though regulations exist for the provision of public amenities like wastewater and sewerage treatment, existing facilities are run-down and ill-equipped to cope with the present demands.
• The capacity of reservoirs to meet the present demand for water is also strained because of the large population base, with illegal intrusion and squatters further threatening supplies.
• Economic and environmental imperatives can be reconciled if more emphasis and resources are put into enforcing regulations and protecting the environment.
- Reconciling Economic and Environmental Imperatives in Batam , pp. vii - viiiPublisher: ISEAS–Yusof Ishak InstitutePrint publication year: 2018