I am greatly honored to know that Indonesia has been unanimously decided to be the host of the 3rd World Irrigation Forum and the 70th International Executive Council Meeting (IECM) of International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID).
As the governor of Bali province, I would like to say thank you for taking this opportunity to participate in this conference. I believe that Bali with its unique socio-cultural heritage will not only exhibit its famous Jatiluwih rice terraces, a UNESCO cultural heritage but more than that, a large number of traditional and cultural attractions which will make the conference more enjoyable and worthwhile. Besides, Bali is known also as the city of tolerance, as many people from different cultures and faith are living together in peace and harmony.
Bali possesses an important cultural historical heritage, including Subak Landscape of the Pakerisan watershed and the royal temple of the Taman Ayun that have been determined as the world cultural and natural heritage. There also a vast number of Balinese performing art featured throughout the province including the classical Kecak dance, gamelan music and popular fire dance, not to mention the Endek Bali, a traditional heritage dress with unique pattern.
The natural beauty of the province is evident in the beautiful beach surround the island as well as the awesome power of Mount Agung. Golf as well as eco-tourism activities of all kinds are readily available in this island.
To make access to Bali even easier for the conference delegates of ICID, the Ngurah Rai International Airport has regular scheduled international direct flights from the important Asian regional hubs such as Singapore and Tokyo. As well, of course, Bali is only two hour away from Jakarta, which is one of the many daily domestic flights linking Bali to many major international gateways.
In closing, may I inform you that the people of Bali are looking forward to welcoming and embracing you and your family in Bali as part of our family, not only for the conference, but also for the subsequent holiday enjoyments the years to come.
Dr.Ir. Wayan Koster, MM
The Governor of Bali