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Jakarta Post

Taking on the water barons

  • Trisha Sertori


Gianyar   /   Tue, April 7 2009   /  02:29 pm

Indonesia's ancient water conservation system may hold one of the keys for water protection in a world facing an arid future, according to US-based film producer Steven Starr. Starr, who produced Flow: For Love of Water, an award-winning documentary by director Irena Salina that examines the $US400 billion global industry controlling much of the world's clean water, visited members of the Kintamani region's subak, or water managers, last week. Starr was in Bali to present Flow as the first event in the 2009 Balinale Festival; the festival proper runs from Oct. 20 to 25. "I was privileged to meet with 16 heads of subak in the Kintamani area," Starr says. "They discussed the historic irrigation systems here - very ancient and very impressive. From a nonscientific viewpoint you would have to classify the subak as the masters of water." However, as ...