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Jakarta Post

Look after the forest, and it will look after you

  • Bambang Muryanto


Yogyakarta   /   Tue, November 3 2009   /  09:58 am

Green path: A man walks right through Wonosadi communal forest in Beji village, Gunungkidul regency, Yogyakarta.At the peak of the dry season, several villages in Yogyakarta’s Gunungkidul regency are parched. But the people of Beji village in Ngawen district have a different experience. Water keeps on flowing from the local springs even as the dry months grind on, giving the residents a sufficient supply for their farms and other daily needs. Several local fish species flourish in the small brooks the clear stream flows into. With their water supply thus uninterrupted by the drought, the 3,000 residents of Beji are not among the millions of people around the world who must struggle for the 20 or 25 liters of potable water they need each day.So why is Beji so blessed?Within Beji is a communal forest, covering 25 hectares — the size of 51 soccer fields — called Wonosadi. Spreading ov...