Saturday, June 9, 2012

Bali’s Subak Becomes World Heritage

Written by Aryani Kristanti of

The United Nations educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization will recognize Bali’s Subak farms as a World Heritage site in June. This designation comes after 12-year struggle. “The Bali Culture Landscape has been recommended by UNESCO. Its realization is a matter of pounding the hgavel on June 20th,”said Windu Nuryati, the education and culture deputy minister, as quoted from Cabinet Secretariat online statement recently.

The meeting is scheduled to take place in St Petersburg, Russia.

Subak is a traditional farming culture based on Tri Hita Karana, Balinese guidelines that teach people to live in harmony with each other, God and nature.

Subak is used in Balinese irrigation systems. Each member of the village is tasked to regulate water use, keep and repair the irrigation system, control pests and carry out farming innovations and religious ceremonies.


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