Desa Songan village in the clouds
"Our commitment to the environment and the people of Bali is not just in message, but in action as well," – Kadek Gunarta, Festival Co-Founder and Cultural Liaison
"Water is life's matter, matrix, mother, and medium. There is no life without water. Planting bamboo is like building a water reservoir for the top soil of the earth, allowing all who drink from this thin layer of life to thrive!!!" – Arief Rabik, Director, Environmental Bamboo Foundation (EBF)
About Bali ReGreen:
The roots of 'Bali ReGreen' were planted in the fall of 2011 when the BaliSpirit Festival partnered with the Environmental Bamboo Foundation to support community development and bamboo reforestation in regions of Bali ecologically and economically compromised by desertification: a lack of sufficient groundwater, due to both natural disasters and human intervention. In March 2012, at the 5th annual BaliSpirit Festival, the first Bali ReGreen initiative catapulted from an original idea of the Festival co-founder Meghan Pappenheim and her counterpart at the Environmental Bamboo Foundation, Arief Rabik to provide bamboo seedlings for reforestation to an impoverished region of East Bali. Thanks to the support of festival participants & the Indonesian tea company Teh Kotak, the first Bali ReGreen reforestation program was launched in Desa Ban, Karangasem.
Bali ReGreen in Desa Songan
Continuing on in the Festival tradition of giving back to the community, Bali ReGreen, under the combined leadership of festival co-founders Meghan Pappenheim and I Made Gunarta and EBF's Arief Rabik, will launch a new reforestation program in Bangli in April 2013. Led by Festival Outreach Coordinator Dhemy Sheehan, the Bali ReGreen team will work together with the community of Desa Songan B, Bangli to plant 5 hectares of bamboo (with plans to expand to more than 30 hectares in the future). The Environmental Bamboo Foundation will help to found a Sekolah Lapangan Bambu (Bamboo Field School), where community members can learn how to plant, tend, harvest, and preserve bamboo. The Bali ReGreen project will be carried out with the full consent and cooperation of the local community and will not disturb land currently used for farming.
Bamboo's Fast Growth Rate
The long term goal of Bali ReGreen is to improve the livelihood of Bali's disadvantaged by reforesting its driest landscapes with bamboo. Bali ReGreen provides resources and volunteer support for the planting of bamboo trees to stimulate reforestation in Bali. Bamboo trees are planted to provide "shelter belts": protective barriers to provide erosion control and watershed, sun, and wind protection in order to restore the forest canopy, revitalize the ecology, and, eventually, bring economic relief to local villagers—thanks to its fast growth rate, the bamboo forest can be harvested without depleting its supply.
The program is community-driven: local communities learn how to plant, manage, and harvest their new forest, with the ultimate goal of establishing profitable cooperatives as a key component of their newly initiated sustainable social and economic development.
Why Desa Songan B?
Bamboo for the People of Desa Songan
A primary goal of Bali ReGreen is to provide poverty relief to villages of Bali located on unproductive land or with insufficient access to clean water. The entire community of Songan B Village, an isolated, mountaintop village in Bangli, Kintamni, is composed of 3238 households, one-third or which are classified Rumah Tangga Miskin (impoverished households). Roughly 25 - 30% of the community's land is currently unproductive. Bali ReGreen has targeted more then 31 hectares of land that can be planted with bamboo to help revitalize the soil and bring water back to the region. The Bali ReGreen project will be carried out with the full consent and cooperation of the local community and will not disturb land currently used for farming.
How YOU can help?
- PURCHASE FESTIVAL TICKETS – $10.00 from every BaliSpirit Festival 2014 Full Festival or VIP Pass Purchase will go to support the Bali ReGreen program.
- MAKE A DONATION – Festival Guests can also make private donations of onsite at the Festival's venues, or through PayPal (contact email@example.com to donate).
Through its Karma (Giving Back) programs, since 2008 the BaliSpirit Festival has helped to raise over USD $65,000 for its annual outreach initiatives, including children's programs, multi-cultural collaborations, HIV & AIDS awareness and environmental programs.
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