Puncak Baru Village
Conservation benefit: Preservation of 2,325 acres of forest for 15 years
Community benefit: Repair of community freshwater supply system
The rainforests of West Java are home to many endemic and endangered species: the Javan gibbon, Javan surili, Javan hawk-eagle, and Javan leopard, just to name a few. Their survival is in peril because the island is densely populated. It’s estimated that today only about five percent of its original habitat remains.
The people of Puncak Baru Village have offered to protect 2,335 acres of forest near their village. No logging, farming, or hunting will be allowed.
The community, working with the Union of Agents of Community Empowerment Indonesia, will use Seacology’s help to rebuild a 2,000-meter section of its water supply system. Puncak Baru’s system is built on a hillside, and every rainy season, landslides destroy sections of the channel. The constant repairs are a financial drain on the village and make the system inefficient. Community members, realizing the role of forest cover in controlling erosion and shading streams, will also plant trees along the length of the water supply channels. (Traditional irrigation systems in Indonesia use trenches, not pipes.)
The system provides water for drinking, cooking, and bathing, as well as for irrigating the village’s rice fields. Ensuring a clean, adequate supply of freshwater is always a concern in Indonesia, but climatic conditions have made the situation especially difficult. Severe drought struck last year, and then El Niño conditions delayed the start of the rainy season and reduced overall rainfall. The resulting water shortages threaten food security and increase the risk of illness from unsafe water sources.
- May 2017
- In March, community members finished repairing the two-kilometer freshwater canal that brings fresh water to the community. They are still planting trees along the sides of the canal, and the...
- January 2017
- Community members have repaired 1.5 kilometers of the freshwater canal and will finish the rest after the rice-planting season. They are now planting trees along the sides of the canal.