Subak has been recognized by UNESCO as one of the world cultural heritage. Recognition provides a sense of pride by the people of Bali. From the other hand, recognition is a reminder for the people of Bali in order to always maintain the traditions that have been inherited from generation to generation.
Nowadays many people are very worried about the threat of extinction of Subak in Bali. As a result of rapid development, which is difficult to avoid, more and more over the function fields of agriculture into the shopping center.
After discussing in depth and systemic Subak, Clifford Geerz, dama his book entitled "Negara, The Theatre State in Nineteenth Century Bali" (1980), comes to the conclusion, that the whole world there is no social organization of irrigation is as effective as Subak.
Similarly V.E. Korn, in his book entitled "Het Recht van Traditional Bali" (1938), expressed his admiration for his ability and excellence of the Balinese in making water channels in the basement. Korn referred to them as engineers Bali.
The greatness of the Balinese traditional architecture in the field has also been widely recognized by scholars of modern architecture.
However, at present, the material (money) has become a major cornerstone in the decision-making in Bali. Many people are oppressed Bali economic problems, so they had to sell their agricultural fields. So indirectly, slowly but surely, the organization Subak in Bali will become extinct.