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Field Reports Greetings from Indonesia

July 17, 2012

Greetings from Indonesia

Progress in the reforestation project

Once a month, together with the farmers and national park rangers, we continue to patrol and to care for the trees we planted in a total 250 hectares of land—200 hectares in the three years of the first phase, and 50 hectares last year. In our patrol at the end of May, we found that about 20% of the trees need to be replanted. Most of the damage was from dryness and other weather-related causes. We have taken note of the number of seedlings we need, and are preparing to plant them when the next rainy season arrives.

  • Progress in the reforestation project
    Progress in the reforestation project
  • Progress in the reforestation project
  • Progress in the reforestation project

Pico-hydro power generator and clean water

In the last report, we communicated the village of Tange now had electricity. In April, we completed installing a simple water pipe there. Until then, the villagers had to fetch water from the river everyday. Whereas now, this water travels through a 6-kilometer-long pipe that we built together with community members, and arrives right in front of their homes. They simply need to turn the tap, and clean water comes gushing out at all times.

  • Pico-hydro power generator and clean water
    Pico-hydro power generator and clean water
  • Pico-hydro power generator and clean water

In a number of other villages, we built facilities to store and to distribute clean water and improved sanitation. By combining this with environmental education, in which we communicate the importance of preserving the forest that is their water source, we are teaching the villagers how precious the bounties of the forest are in an easy-to-understand way. Our colleagues at Conservation International who felt this was a great initiative have come from the United States, Singapore, and Japan to learn from this project.

  • Pico-hydro power generator and clean water
    Pico-hydro power generator and clean water
  • Pico-hydro power generator and clean water

Video in the making

We are making a video to inform the many people who cannot visit Indonesia about the contents of our project. We plan to release this video on the Internet as well, so that people not only at schools, villages, companies, and government offices in Indonesia but also in Japan and across the world can see it. The crane camera we used to film the scenes of our work to the best effect had captured some wonderful shots. Please look forward to the completed video!

  • Video in the making
    Video in the making

Signboard

It has been two years since we installed the first signboard in June 2010. Following an update in May last year, on June 28 we set up the latest version—a larger signboard including the names of new customers.

  • Signboard
    Signboard

A brawl over rice

As the rice plant grows heavily with grains, the match begins with birds that come to feed on them. Do many Japanese farmers use scarecrows? They are not the only way to drive birds away. Here we introduce a simple tool we found near the project site. The force of water flowing into the rice paddy turns a small waterwheel. When the waterwheel turns, so does a key-shaped handle attached to it. Connected to the handle by a piece of cord is a hammer, which strikes the bottom of an empty can. The noise makes scare the birds away.

  • A brawl over rice
    A brawl over rice
  • A brawl over rice

Progress in the reforestation project

  • Progress in the reforestation project
  • Progress in the reforestation project
  • Progress in the reforestation project
  • Pico-hydro power generator and clean water
  • Pico-hydro power generator and clean water
  • Pico-hydro power generator and clean water
  • Pico-hydro power generator and clean water
  • Video in the making
  • Signboard
  • Signboard

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