Sewatama Volunteers Celebrate New Years with Reforestation

There are many ways to celebrate the new years; one of them that the majority of us do is by having fun with friends or family while watching the routinely firework-decorated skies on New Year’s Eve.

This new year will mean differently for PT Sumberdaya Sewatama (Sewatama), on 30 December 2012, Sumberdaya Sewatama Volunteers (SSV) went through a 7 hour trip from Jakarta to Bukit Gintung, Kasepuhan Ciptagelar, Halimun Mountain to conduct a Corporate Citizenship activity or CSR. Using three 4WD cars, they went through rocky roads reached an altitude of 1200 m above sea level.

This Kasepuhan is a cultural community that has lived for hundreds of years by local and environmental wisdom. Led by Abah Ugi, their residences are scattered in the Mount Halimun National Park area where the Micro Hydro Power Plant rejuvenation has taken place. It was Sewatama’s Corporate Citizenship project that they started working on late 2011 with IBEKA foundation under leadership of Tri Mumpuni.

This activity was an embodiment of Sewatama’s Corporate Citizenship program for the environment and had the purpose of being able to be actively involved and contributive in reforestation, specifically supporting sustainable water source for micro hydro power plant in Kasepuhan Ciptagelar.

This time, SSV has a goal to reforest Ambonese Oaks (Anthocephaluscadamba) at Lebak Seer as many as 2013 seeds that symbolizes a welcome to the New Year 2013. This program was on SSV’s working calendar together with the annual end year ceremony in Kasepuhan Ciptagelarcalled “Melak Tangkal”.

Preparation began at 8 am until 1 pm together with about 50 residents. Planting was led directly by Abah Ugi Sugriana (Chief) and Mak Alit, his wife. During the planting process, SSV received a warm welcome from local residents, this was marked by the traditional music that they played along as an expression of happiness and gratitude.

This reforestation was the second year reforestation conducted by SSV. During last year’s reforestation, 2,000 trees were planted in Ijuk Village, Kasepuhan Ciptagelar which are now growing well reaching 60-70 cm with a success rate of 85%.

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