Conservation benefit: Support of 650 hectares (1,606 acres) of “no-take” rainforest in perpetuity
Community benefit: Community building
Banjar Bengkel is a small farming village positioned 2,200 feet above sea level on the slopes of Mount Batukaru in Bali. The majority of the 128 families grow small-scale crops such as coffee, cacao, fruit, and rice. Traditionally, the people of Banjar Bengkel have been the de facto custodians of a 650-hectare (1,606-acre) section of intact rainforest above their village, which is part of the largest remaining tract of mountain rainforest left on Bali. The forest is home to a variety of birds, as well as the increasingly rare pangolin (a kind of anteater, covered in scales) and leaf-eating monkey. The village is adjacent to Banjar Anyar, where Seacology funded the construction of a community center in exchange for the protection of 1,977 acres of rainforest in perpetuity. Adjacent to Banjar Anyar is the village of Sarinbuana; in 2006, Seacology funded a library/music/dance building, instruments and equipment in exchange for village endorsement of a 1,975-acre no-take rainforest reserve in perpetuity.
The three villages are separated by river gorges, but their respective protected forests combined make up a contiguous area of 2,250 hectares (5,560 acres). The villages endorse traditional Balinese laws called Awig-awig that sanction forbidden activities such as hunting and cutting trees in the forest with fines, and in a worst-case scenario, expulsion from the village. Seacology is providing Banjar Bengkel with a village community building where meetings, Balinese dance, music practices, and youth activities can take place. In exchange, the village has committed to protect 650 hectares (1,606 acres) of rainforest in perpetuity.Full or partial funding for this project provided by
- January 2016
- The third and final floor of the building has been finished. Final touches, including statues, paint, and tiles, will be added when the community receives promised funding from the government. The...
- May 2015
- Construction of the building continues, and another story has been added. The community is actively protecting the conservation area.
- January 2015
- Work on the new community building is well underway.