Bali ReGreen is a sustainable environmental project aiming to fight land degradation in the island’s driest areas while also educating and training the people who inhabit the land. It is one of the most exciting projects in the region, with an emphasis on long term economic benefits for some of Bali’s poorest people.
BaliSpirit Festival and Yayasan Kryasta Guna have partnered with the Environmental Bamboo Foundation (EBF) and have planted 4,300 seedlings to help these poor and arid villages, helping to bring water to the arid land and rehabilitate it. But we don’t stop there. Our extended team of staff and volunteers also train village farmers to care for the soon-to-be bamboo forest on their previously unproductive land, while simultaneously developing a small-scale micro-economy in these affected communities.
Bamboo was chosen for several reasons. Balinese people use a lot of bamboo and is a high-yield renewable resource (it can be harvested in 3-5 years). Bamboo also makes a great water catchment area protection and is good for fast regreening of dry and unproductive areas.
It’s more than just planting bamboo seedlings. Bamboo needs basic maintenance and the farmers need training to know how to do this the right way. Right now, the focus is on ensuring the bamboo seedlings make it to the crucial 3 year ‘safety zone’ and the first year of harvest. Bamboo is low maintenance, but, like any crop, it needs fertilizer, water and human attention to thrive.
Bali ReGreen estimates that it will take another 3 years of support (total 5 years) to make this project self-sustaining. By 2018, we hope to leave behind a 10,000 strong bamboo forest – producing poles for harvest every year – 300 educated bamboo farmers, a better irrigation system, a healthier water catchment area in Bali’s second biggest water reservoir, and jobs and economic opportunities for 8,000 villagers.
For more information and ways for you to help, please visit the Bali ReGreen website!