Jakarta, 31 August 2021 – Responsible water management is a business imperative and top priority for Coca-Cola Indonesia. The company recently announced a holistic 2030 global strategy to achieve water security for its business, communities and nature everywhere the company operates, sources agricultural ingredients for its beverages, and touches people's lives. The new water vision focuses on three priorities:

  1. Reducing shared water challenges around the world

  2. Enhancing community water resilience

  3. Improving the health of priority watersheds

Coca-Cola Indonesia has a long history of collaboration with local partners in various community water programs to support local water resource management and environmental sustainability. Through Coca-Cola Foundation Indonesia (CCFI), the Coca-Cola system in Indonesia (Coca-Cola Indonesia and Coca-Cola Europacific Partners Indonesia) has implemented community water programs across the country and through these programs has helped to return back to communities and nature an estimated 160% of the water it uses in its beverages and their production in 2020.

One of these community water programs is Embung (Water Reservoir) for arid areas across Indonesia. Until 2021, seven embungs across Indonesia have been built with support from Coca-Cola. This initiative aligns with the Embung development strategic program from the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture, which sets embung as critical infrastructure to meet water needs in the agricultural sector. CCFI, in collaboration with the Yayasan Obor Tani (YOT), initiated the construction of Embung Grigak, a geomembrane embung to meet the water needs of the Grigak Beach area. The 1-hectare-wide embung started construction in March 2020 and the embung was inaugurated last May.

Triyono Prijosoesilo, Deputy Chief Executive of CCFI and Director of Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability of PT Coca-Cola Indonesia said "Water stewardship and responsible water management has long been a priority for Coca-Cola and we are focused on making an even greater impact on people and ecosystems in the coming years. Coca-Cola has carried out various community water projects over many years to help improve access to clean water, sanitation and water for agriculture for the people of Indonesia. We look forward to building on this work together with our partners.” 

Embung Grigak is located in Dukuh Karang, Girikato Village, Panggang District, Gunungkidul Regency, a barren area composed mostly of limestone hills. To obtain water, farmers used to wait for the rainy season to come, which made it impossible for them to plant all year round.

Yayasan Obor Tani Executive Director Pratomo revealed, "It is an interesting fact that the top layer of soil looks very dry. However, geographically, Grigak Beach has fertile soil and is rich in essential minerals that plants need. The land is excellent for plants with a predominantly limestone landscape—also known as karst—and a good soil acidity level (pH greater than 6). "

In addition, based on laboratory test results, the soil in the Grigak area is suitable for three types of fruit plants such as avocado, longan, and mango. Nonetheless, these fruits can only grow if there is enough water available. The new embung will play a vital role to help meet the water needs for agriculture, enabling local farmers to live off their land.

"The initial purpose of Embung Grigak is to irrigate the land for agricultural use during the dry season as well as for fish farming. Moreover, the embung has the tourism potential to attract people to come and visit Grigak Beach. The management of these three potential sources of income is entrusted to the Eco Camp Mangun Karsa community, which consists mostly of local farmers," expressed Father (Romo) Dr. Ir. P. Wiryono Priyotamtama, SJ., a local community leader.

Embung Grigak is located between 30-40 meters from the seafront, facing the coast in Indonesia. With a stunning view of Embung Grigak, it opens up opportunities to become a tourist spot and impacts the village's economic growth.

"By building infrastructure such as Embung Grigak, we are seeking to help address various issues at the local community level, particularly concerning access to water. We hope that the embung can help provide adequate water —especially for agriculture—and provide long-term economic benefit. Should local tourism grow because of the embung, then it will certainly improve the lives and livelihoods of the residents as well, and we are happy to have taken part in this effort," concluded Triyono.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE EMBUNG GRIGAK PROJECT 

  • The project was funded by The Coca-Cola Foundation (TCCF), the philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company. Planning and implementation was carried out in collaboration with NGOs, local communities, and government stakeholders at the village and sub-district levels. Besides the infrastructural elements of this project, the project focuses on community engagement and capacity building.

  • Yayasan Obor Tani played a crucial role in coordinating the land preparation and construction of the rainwater storage system with local communities. Yayasan Obor Tani also cooperated with Eco Camp Mangunkarsa for the maintenance and management of Embung Grigak and the distribution of water to farmers to support economic development in the area

  • Due to the rainwater storage system, farmers have increased agriculture production and become more resilient to drought in dryer periods of the year. The community also decided to develop Embung Grigak as a local tourist destination that provides alternative incomes.

  • Embung Grigak now irrigates 20 hectares of rice fields and 5,000 fruit trees in 30 hectares of plantation land, which benefits around 150 farmers who live in the surrounding area.