Jakarta, 31 August 2021 – Responsible water management is a business imperative and top priority for
Reducing shared water challenges around the world
Enhancing community water resilience
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
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
Triyono Prijosoesilo, Deputy Chief Executive of CCFI and Director of Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability of PT
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-ColaFoundation (TCCF), the philanthropic arm of The Coca-ColaCompany. 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.