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October 9, 2012

Greetings from Indonesia

Progress in the reforestation project

Indonesia entered the dry season in July. This is a tough season for the saplings. Together with local farmers, we continue to patrol the 250 hectares of land and to take care of the trees we have planted thus far.

In the project, we plant fruit trees and also sugar palm trees. The trees in the pictures are the guava tree and the sugar palm. We look forward to seeing those trees growing into large trees to support the local peoples' lives.

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

The 250 hectares of planted land is managed by 644 local farmers divided into 25 groups. Each group is in charge of an average 10 hectares of land. In August, we assembled the group leaders to examine our activities up to now and make future plans together. The venue was the Bodogol Conservation Education Center, which offers the experience of the rich nature of Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park. Many people, including local children, visit the center and learn about the importance of the nature. The meeting provided a good opportunity for us to explain our environmental education activities to the group leaders who work to preserve the nature of the national park through reforestation.

  • Video in the making
Progress in the reforestation project

Pico-hydro power generator and clean water

The pico-hydro generator and simple water supply system (pipes and storage tank) that we set up through the project continues to deliver power and clean water to villages, even in the dry season. For the villages that had neither electricity nor tap water until then, the system was groundbreaking. In response to strong requests from the villagers, we extended the pipe to deliver water to the mosque (a Muslim place of worship). The mosque is very important place for the locals, as they use it not only for prayer but also for various gatherings.

  • 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

Freshwater fish farming

Job opportunities are limited in this remote area from any major town. We are working to create businesses that suit the local condition and help the people enrich their lives without damaging the forest. One of them is fish farming. Despite being at the foot of Mount Gede and having abundant sources of water, there were many unused fish ponds due to the lack of a system to draw water into them. With this project, we laid water pipes to these ponds, provided the locals with the training necessary to raise fish, and released the young of fishes into the watered ponds. Let's hope the fries grow big with the gifts from the forest!

  • Freshwater fish farming
  • Freshwater fish farming
Freshwater fish farming

Biodiversity survey

In the project, we monitor wildlife in the national park with camera traps that are set up in Bogor, Sukabumi, and Cianjur areas. The survey results have helped in developing the national park management plan. Our work had been well recognized, and we were asked to give lectures to university students studying biodiversity conservation.

  • Biodiversity survey
Biodiversity survey

Sundanese language

The people of Indonesia speak nearly 600 different languages apart from the official language, Bahasa Indonesia. Here in western Java, the native language is Sundanese. Vocabulary is closely related to native customs. This time, we would like to introduce the word ngaliweut. This means cooking and eating a meal together after working outdoors. In typical ngaliweut, the people form a circle around a plate of banana leaves laid on the ground, and share a meal of rice with fish, vegetables, and tofu with an Indonesian chili sauce. An al fresco supper after work is exceptionally delicious.

  • Sundanese language
  • Sundanese language
Sundanese language

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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