Bali Exchange - March 2018

Project SEVANA visited Indonesia in March 2018, along with activists from different continents, to better understand Southeast Asia's situation and the struggle of the local people. 

At the sub-provincial District of Karangasem, which is located on the Southeast corner of Bali, the group visited desa-desa adat (Balinese customary communities) Tenganan Gringsing—one out of the four oldest communities in Bali and the world.   

The team then visited the farmers of Peladung, where the community was fighting against water mining in 2010 and is now preserving Ababi, the historical spring that feeds most of the southern slope of Mt. Agung, Bali's famous active volcano.   

The next visit was to the community of Munduk in the District of Buleleng, which has, over the past two millennia, managed to safeguard the Sacred Lake of Tamblingan, one of four caldera lakes in Bali.  

The group also visited the Subak (the water management (irrigation) system for the paddy fields of Bali) community in the District of Tabanan, one of the 20 member subtasks that make up the Subak confederation.   

Finally, the team visited the Benoa Bay area, which has become the hotbed of the rapidly growing Balinese social movement to resist a massive real-estate development project and privatization of the whole bay. 


Southeast Asia gathering: "What is happening to our forests" - November 2016  

With a collaboration between the World Rainforest Movement (WRM), an international initiative to facilitate, support, and reinforce the struggles of forest-dependent communities in countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia in defense of their territories, in resisting deforestation and land grabbing, Project SEVANA South-East Asia, Focus on the Global South, the School of Democratic Economics (Indonesia) and The Cornerhouse (UK) A Regional South East Asia Meeting under the title “What is happening to our forests” took place in Thailand in the week of 21-25 November 2016.

More than fifty participants came from seven Southeast Asian countries, including Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Participants also came from India, the United Kingdom, and Brazil.