Environmentally Friendly Bamboo Building the Pride of Central Kalimantan

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Central Kalimantan is a province with an abundance of nature, including extensive forest areas. The forests of Central Kalimantan make it an important area in the region.

But the forests are starting to disappear. Deforestation has occurred as logging, plantation, and mining companies that entered the province cut large diameter trees that had been there for generations.

However, this province, nicknamed Bumi Tambun Bungai, or the home of the ancient heroes Tambun and Bungai, remains a focus of attention, with the initiation of the programme for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) as a response to the disappearing forests.

A branch of the United Nations (UN), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is one of the organisations addressing this challenge. Also, a number of environmental organisations are working with the President’s Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight (UKP4) in the province of Central Kalimantan, which has been selected as the pilot province for projects related to REDD +.

One of the pilot province projects was inaugurated last week: a UNOPS constructed building made ​​from bamboo in Buntoi village, Pulang Pisau. The building has become the pride of Central Kalimantan.

A detailed look at the architecture of the Climate Communications Centre is sure to provoke admiration. The building is in traditional [Dayak] architectural style and built using natural materials.

Large bamboo stalks make up the frame of the building. From the columns supporting the roof to the frame of the door, the use of bamboo is prominent. The walls of the building are simple exposed red bricks.

A signature of the building is its modern elements, such as a large meeting hall equipped with media technology, mixed with traditional Dayak characteristics that can be clearly seen from the rattan weaving on the ceiling. Behind the main building is a second building that can be occupied by the guests who come to the village.

Furthermore, for electricity, the building does not use diesel, but instead uses solar energy to power all the equipment as well as computers and other communications technologies.

Deputy Head of UKP4, H.E. Mr. Heru Prasetyo, was impressed with the architecture of the building and the local sourcing of the materials. He admired this building, noting it is the first he has seen constructed primarily from bamboo materials.

Mr. Heru Prasetyo noted that we can take advantage of the environment without damaging it.” He added the public can learn that in order to prosper from nature and the forests, they must be preserved.

Central Kalimantan, said Mr. Heru Prasetyo, has embarked on an initiative to reduce carbon emissions by retaining and maintaining the forest. This, he said, is a highly collaborative effort and one of great benefit to the survival of the natural order and future prosperity.

Central Kalimantan Governor H.E. Mr. Agustin Teras Narang welcomes all local communities to the important building, particularly with regards to the implementation of government programmes to reduce deforestation and preserve the environment.

Mr. Teras Narang asked the Dayak community to be friendly with local, national, and international people, who come to the Centre. The Centre will surely attract people from all over the world who want to see what Central Kalimantan is doing to contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions.

Original Source:
Tabengan newspaper
pg. 2
9 September 2013

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