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Balai Warga and Kebun Wisata Tanaman Obat

25/05/2010 By admin

TextandPicturesbyAnggrianiArifin.

FosteringacommunalsenseofhomeamongstCommunityofRW09,KelurahanPondokKelapa,JakartaTimur: Whatwasthebackgroundoftheinitiative?

ItbeginswhenthecommunityofRW09,KelurahanPondokKelapafeltthedemandtohaveasecretariat’sofficefordailyadministrativematters.Havinglocatedinastate-ownedhousingcomplex,theneighbourhoodwasinluckastherewasavacantlandthatwasalreadyallocatedforsocialfacility.Withanareaofover500squaremeters,thepreviousideatookaturnandelaboratedintohavingamulti-functionassemblyhall.AseriesoflobbyingprocesstookplaceandfinallythePD.SaranaJayaapprovedtheproposalwithconstructionstagekick-startedin2003.

WhenBalaiWargacomesintoplace…

Thehallevokedcommunity’senthusiasmsandbecamethemanifestationoftheRWofficials’humbleintention,whichistoensurethateveryresidenthasagenuinesenseofownershiptowardtheirneighbourhoodwithacommonly-usedpublicplace.Theefforttocreateafunctioningpublicplacewasreflectedinthenamethecommunityrefferedtotheassemblyhall,whichis“BalaiWarga”inthehopedthatinthetruestsensebelongstoeveryresidentsoftheneighbourhood.Theplacecouldbeutilizenotonlyforcommunitymeetings,buttheplacewasalsoopentobereservedforbadmintongames,weddings,privatefunction,KarangTarunaandPKKagendaandanyothersocialactivities.

Inlightofsuchspirit,everyphaseintheconstructionprocesswasself-organizedandself-fundedbythecommunity.Thebuildingwas371squaremeters,well-designedandfacingtheneighbourhood’sbasketballfield.Theinitiativehadinvitedarelativelylargeattentionandabletogainsupportsfromthe localgovernment.In2007,BalaiWargahadreacheditsfinalcompletionandthecommunityofRW09begantoenjoythepresenceofarepresentable,comfortableandusablesocialfacility thatisatthesametime,informativeontheneighbourhood’sactivity.

Makingneighborhoodahome…

BalaiWarga’sconstructionhadfueledRWofficials’motivationtocontinuemakingbettermenttotheneighborhood.

Community-basedSolid-WasteManagementandBioporiHoles.In2005,thebuzzofcommunity-basedsolidwastemanagementreachedthearea,asitevisittopioneeringKelurahanRawajati,SouthJakartawasmade.Tomaketheneighbourhoodenvironmentally-consciousbymanagingtheirsolidwastewasinresponsetothearea’svulnerabilitytofloodandthelackingcapacityofthesurroundedtransitdisposalsites.Theideawasverysimple.Residentsseparatethewaste,followingthewell-knownorganic,non-organicandtoxicwastetypologyalthoughforpracticality,theresidentswereonlyexpectedtoseparatebasedonwastethatwascompost-material,recyclabletobegiventoscavengersandkindsthatcouldnotbeutilizeforeitherpurpose,shouldbeputinthewasteresiduecategory. Theseeminglyeasytaskhasproventobequitedifficulttobefollowedbytheresidents.Uptonow,onlyaminoritygroupinRW09whoseparatedtheirwaste.Ashort-termsolutionwasproposed.ThewastewouldbeseparatedinasolidmanagementpostneartheBalaiWarga,cooperatingwithsurroundingscavengerswhowerehiredasstaff.Althoughbehaviorchangeswasstillencouraged,butthemethodhadkeptthecompostingproductionon-goingandmotivatesthecommunitytostartseparatingwaste.

Forthecompostingprocess,thecommunityofRW09optedforasimplemethodafteraseriesofconsultationandvisit,Theprocessofturningtheorganicwasteintocomposttakewithina6-7weekperiod,withphasescomprisingofwasteseparation,aging,turning,sprinkling,andriping.Thehighpointsofthismethodisthatitdoesnotrequireincenerator,withoutusingbioactivator,doesnotproduceodouranddoesnotinviteflies.Usingthismethod,thecompostproductioncannowreachupto200bagsperweek,withsellingpriceofRp.3000,-perbag.

Inadditiontotheinitiative,theRWofficialsalsoutilizedbioporimethodstoreducewasteproductionandreducingfloodrisk(theneighbourhoodoccasionallysufferedfromfloodrisk,althoughariverembankmentanddredginginitiativeofnearbyJatiKramatriverin2007-2008hadsignificantlyovercomethethreat).Upto300bioporiholesweremadearoundparksandmainroadsintheneighbourhood.

KebunWisataTanamanObat (AgritourismHerbalGarden)andGreenSpaces.Theideawastocreateaniconforthecommunitythattheycanbeproudofandwouldliketotakepartinitssuccess.LocatednexttoBalaiWarga,theherbalgardenwasopenforsitevisits,aninformationcentreonherbs,itsbenefitsandusage,increaseawarenessonnaturalhealthremedies,andasafunctioninggreenspacewhichcanbeenjoyedbythecommunity.

Thegardenwasbuiltona5000squaremetreland,andwasselffundedbytheresidents.Itpossesseduptoninety(90)typesofherbalplantsthatwasgrownthere.ThiseffortwasassistedbytheASPETRI(associatonoftraditionalherbsproducersofIndonesia).Abamboo-madesaungwasalsoconstructedwiththeideathattheresidentscanreservetheplaceforlunch,meetingsorsimplytohavefamilymomentsoverlookingthegardensandthebalaiwarga.Theoverallideawastoensurethatthegardencouldreallybeutilizedbythecommunity.

Tofurthercreatinglivability,communitywereencouragedtohavegreenplantsinfrontoftheirhomeandonalmosteverystreetswithintheneighbourhood.Toaddtidiness,thetrotoirswererepaintedandpotsofplantswerealsoputonthemainstreets,aswellasmakinggreenspacesinidlelands.

Creating Livability

Themessagethatwascontinuouslybuzzedintheneighbourhoodmanagementisthatacleanisthekeytoahealthyandcomfortablelivingenvironment,inwhichcommunity’sparticipationinmaintainingtheconditionispivotal.Tokeeptheneighbourhoodalive,communityactivitieswerehighlyencouraged,withroutineslikeRWsiaga(tocombatdenguefever),kerjabakti(voluntarycommunitywork),independenceday’seventstrail,aerobics,andothers,aswellasincidentalssuchasKampungAntiNarkoba(anti-drugskampung)movementbybuildingAnti-Narkobapostsaccrossthearea.Amonthlynewsletter,Warta09¸werealsocirculatedtokeepeveryresidentinformedandacknowledgedaspartofthecommunity.

InitiativeslikeonethatRW09have,certainlywouldnottakeplacewithouttheworkofarigorousanddedicatedRWofficialsaswellasasupportivecommunity.However,itwouldalsonevertakeplaceiftherewasnointentiontonurturepartnershipamongstresidentsandtheRukunWarga(RW)officialinmakingtheneighbourhoodbecomesahome,insteadofmerespace,tobesharedtogether.ThecommunityofRW09,aswellasmanycommunitiesinDKIJakarta,hadproventhatthissimpleintentionisenoughtoignitesignificantchangesinanyneighborhood.


 

6 thoughts on “Balai Warga and Kebun Wisata Tanaman Obat

  1. Dear Anggi, is there any specific person who craft the motivation into this interesting initiative (the person behind the show)? and whether there’s any plan to spread the model? eager to know…

  2. Thanks for the info. I visited last Sunday with a friend – it’s a nice garden, in a nice, leafy neighborhood, and a well-organized compost area.

    Apparently flooding is a problem – they have lots of “biopori” holes (I don’t know if there’s an English word for that) but a lot of water comes from higher areas surrounding it. There’s a need for more green space, “rain gardens” http://www.appropedia.org/Rain_gardens – and permeable pavements, in higher areas that create runoff, and not just the areas that suffer from flood.

  3. bu, aku mau tanya awar-awar atau “nanangkaan” itu untuk obat apa yaa??
    tks tlg segera di balas yaaaa……

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