Rejoso watershed is under threat from massive community drilling and poor watershed management. 'Rejoso Kita's project offers a collaborative solution—a public-private partnership that includes local communities, farmers in the watershed, Danone AQUA and local authorities. The project was co-founded by AQUA, ICRAF (World Agroforestry), The Nature Conservancy and the Social Investment Indonesia Foundation, with support from Danone Ecosystem Fund.
Why does it matter?
Indonesia’s Ministry of the Environment and Forestry has classified the Rejoso watershed as critical and identified it as a priority in the country’s preservation efforts. The watershed also supplies water to approximately 18,200 ha of rice field, industries and also clean water for 5 other cities in East Java province. Preserving Rejoso Watershed will lead to a sustainable water cycle for local communities, environment and other related industries.
How does it work?
'Rejoso Kita' project created a 'Water Alliance'—a public-private partnership that includes all affected stakeholders—to protect the watershed and take a collaborative action related to water use planning in Rejoso Watershed. The local communities are exposed to a new way to use water thoughtfully and efficiently.
Farmers are encouraged to actively get involved in the conservation with reward incentives for adopting an environment services scheme. With this scheme, farmers who are involved would receive payment incentives for maintained infiltration through planting and nurturing trees, also closing the unused wells in targeted areas. To select the group of farmers, on November 2017, the 'Rejoso Kita' conducted a conservation assembly. There were more or less 140 farmers (12 farmer-groups) selected to conserve 110 hectares in 7 villages in Rejoso watershed. The next conservation action is to close unused self-flowing wells and put valves in the used well for better water management.
How does this project create value?
The 'Rejoso Kita' project benefits the environment by preserving the quality and quantity of water from the Rejoso watershed. Performance-based incentives encourage farmers to adopt sustainable farming and water management practices, raising their income during the process. Having all of these elements will secure sustainable livelihoods in the watershed and clean water access for surrounding cities.
Photo credit: @Resojo Kita (Nkasanah)