Tourism, water shortages and the impact on the children of Bali

Following her study of tourism and water in Bali, Stroma Cole gave a seminar on the topic with the deliberately provocative title “Is Tourism Killing Babies?”. In it she stated that “despite being Indonesia’s second most prosperous province it has a higher prevalence of diarrhoea and deaths of toddlers and infants than the national average”.


  • It is estimated that 65% of Bali’s water is used by the tourism industry
  • Bali now has 77,500 hotel rooms – up from 40,000 in 2002
  • The IDEP Foundation are calling on all Balinese civil, business, political and spiritual leadership, to take action in saving and protecting Bali’s freshwater.


  • Read the original article on the Equality in Tourism website.
  • Follow Equality in Tourism on Twitter.
  • Download Stroma Cole’s latest paper on the issue, “Tourism and water inequality in Bali: A Social-Ecological Systems analysis”.


Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith is the editor and co-founder of Travindy. He is a writer and communications consultant working for a more responsible and sustainable tourism industry. He is the author of two books, writes a fortnightly blog on responsible tourism for World Travel Market, and provides consultancy to a wide range of companies and organisations, ranging from National Parks to individual hotels and tour operators.

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