RENEWABLE ENERGY EMPOWERING PEOPLE; PEOPLE EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES
To be able to survive on earth, people have to live intricately with nature… this statement, I hold true. First, we basically need water and food to survive; second, for the food we eat to survive it needs the minerals from the soil, the moisture from the rivers and rains and to be able to flourish it needs the energy from the sun; third, for the clean and abundant fresh water and fertile soil, deep rooted trees, and lush greeneries are responsible; fourth, for the lush mountains and indigenous forests, native faunas are important; and fifth, in all of these… humans can be the boost or bane of existence.
Kimbutan has been featured in many of our sharing at Global Giving the last of which is talking about the implementation of Sustainable Agriculture and Watershed development and the development of a micro-hydro power enterprise for the community.
Harnessing the energy of nature through more efficient micro-hydro power system and truly caring for their environment through their adoption of Sustainable Agriculture and Watershed Management is a big leap from the conventional economic activity of Kimbutan .
The community is a picture of people moving towards economic development based on their natural resources and inherent capabilities, and marrying it to appropriate technologies that are also people and nature centered.
As of the current time, the community was able to initiate the Sustainable Agriculture and Watershed rehabilitation through trainings and establishment of a nursery and collection of 800 assorted wildlings of forest tree species, some of which are rattan,tuwel,red lawaan, alimit. Civil works related to the upgrading of the Micro-hydro power plant was also done. Policies for the water shed rehabilitation and management were also set-up.
It is a long way still for the people of Kimbutan but with the help they can get from other people --- from the people who believe that Kimbutan can move towards development through caring for and harnessing the richness of nature--- the future ahead is a development intricately woven by the people with nature.
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