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Community-based Watershed Management for Lake Toba, Indonesia

Through its office in Indonesia, LakeNet (formerly Monitor International) and the Lake Toba Heritage Foundation implemented a pilot project in cooperation with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources to demonstrate community-based watershed planning and management approaches for Lake Toba in Indonesia. The project was implemented in five communities around Lake Toba.

The project was part of a series of activities under the auspices of the Lake Toba-Lake Champlain Sister Lakes Partnership. In 1999, The Council of State Governments/U.S.-Asia Environmental Partnershipís State Environmental Initiative awarded a second grant for the project with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development to carry out these activities.

After an almost one-year delay in the start of the main project activities due to several unavoidable factors, the most significant being the unstable political and economic situation in Indonesia at the time, all project activities were successfully completed in early July 2001. In fact, the project exceeded expectations by completing clean lake activities and community-based action plans in five communities instead only two as was originally proposed.

The LTHF staff and community members were trained by Monitor International staff in using a participatory approach to mapping and developing action plans. An in-country study tour to visit innovative projects in East Java, a teacherís training workshop, and community meetings resulted in the successful transfer of knowledge to people working to protect Lake Toba.

The most important conclusion of the project is that a community-based approach is the most promising strategy for watershed management of Lake Toba. Whether planning a wastewater treatment facility, solving water supply problems, implementing measures to improve water quality or trying to change personal hygiene behaviors of people in the community, project staff found time after time that the most effective programs are those which involve citizens and stakeholders from the very beginning.

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Documents

A Final Report - Community-based Watershed Management for Lake Toba, Indonesia (2,364K)  (PDF) Project Report. Final. LakeNet. 8/31/2001.

Annex 1: Community Profiles (222K)  (PDF) Project Report. Final. LakeNet Indonesia. 8/31/2001.

Annex 1: Maps of Lake Toba Communities (597K)  (PDF) Project Report. Final. LakeNet Indonesia. 8/31/2001.

Annex 2: Awareness Campaign & Clean Lake Activities (1,060K)  (PDF) Project Report. Final. LakeNet Indonesia. 8/31/2001.

Annex 2: Chart of Awareness Campaign Activities (52K)  (PDF) Project Report. Final. LakeNet Indonesia. 8/31/2001.

Annex 2: Chart of Clean Lake Activities (61K)  (PDF) Project Report. Final. LakeNet Indonesia. 8/31/2001.

Annex 3: In-country Study Tour for Environmental Cadres (503K)  (PDF) Project Report. Final. LakeNet Indonesia. 8/31/2001.

Annex 4: Training in Environmental Education & Awareness for Teachers (134K)  (PDF) Project Report. Final. LakeNet Indonesia. 8/31/2001.

Annex 5: Community Maps and Action Plans (poster-sized maps not available online, see maps in Annex 1)  (PDF) Project Report. Final. LakeNet Indonesia. 8/31/2001.

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Participating Lakes

Toba (Danau Toba)

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Participating Organizations

The following organizations are participating in this program:

Council of State Governments (CSG)
Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP)
Lake Toba Heritage Foundation - Yayasan Perhimpunan Pencinta Danau Toba (LTHF - YPPDT)
Stone Environmental Inc. (SEI)
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
U.S.-Asia Environmental Partnership (USAEP)
Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (VT ANR)

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