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Abundant Water in Mnera Sisimeni (bahasa Indonesia)


A man measures and examines plants using a stick while squatting in the rainforest.

The Herman Johannes Forest Park has an area of 1,900 hectares. It is located in 12 villages and four...


This story excerpt was translated from bahasa Indonesia. The original story was printed in full at Media Indonesia. You may also view the original story on the Rainforest Journalism Fund website here. Our website is available in English, Spanish, bahasa Indonesia, French, and Portuguese.

An old and unused drilled well is tightly covered with iron bars among the shady rosewood trees in the middle of a forest area. 

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The well, originally drilled by the East Nusa Tenggara Provincial Government in 1996, is in an area called Mnera Sisimeni, a lowlands in the Park area.

The well was intended to supply water for residential areas located far in the south of the park, at the coastal area of Timor Sea. Unexpectedly, however, the burst of water from the mouth of the well resulted in a disaster.

WATER SUPPLY FROM TAHURA: Farmers plant rice in the rice fields of Oesao Village, East Kupang District, Kupang Regency, NTT, some time ago. The rice fields receive water supply from the Prof. Ir Herman Johannes Grand Forest Park (Tahura). Image by Palce Amalo. Indonesia, 2022.