There have been some exciting developments for tourism in Bali recently with the announcement of their first international flights touching down, as well as quarantine time lessening to 3 days for vaccinated travellers.
There are plenty of rumours that restrictions will be lifted even further in the coming weeks, prompting a wave of anticipation that things are finally looking up for the island.
As the island begins to prepare for the return of tourism, we have been working closely with the community groups in Manggis village to position them as an enticing destination for travellers to enjoy fantastic experiences.
Many of the people who live in Manggis village once worked in the tourism sector. Many of the villagers are recent returnees from more established tourism destinations in South Bali – they returned home after the loss of many jobs during the pandemic.
A central goal for Discova has been to prepare this community to transition back into that sector. Many of the skills of those returning villagers can be replicated and built upon throughout the community, ensuring the entire community benefits from the return of tourists.
To achieve the goal of integrating the community and their organic farming methods with tourism, our programmes have been focusing on building new and existing community groups to hold workshops for training on both theoretical and practical skills development.
These workshops focus on providing an opportunity for learning and coaching so that the community can independently implement Discova programmes in a sustainable way.
These programmes are run by the community, within the community, and for the community. Discova are here to simply guide the process as mentors. This means that the implementation of tourism programmes preserves the authentic local wisdom within the Balinese community, celebrating their identity through art, culture, customs, and agriculture. The homegrown, locals-led aspect of these programmes ensures this authenticity.
Here are some of the ways this is being done:
In addition to readying the community for tourism, we’ve been continuing our work with Sri Sedana (the organic farming group) and Bakung Asri (the women’s farming group) to maintain the cultivation of rice, vegetables, oil, and fertiliser. These endeavours ensure the community is sustaining streams of income independently.
Since we first helped the village by fixing the canal irrigation system, we have gone on a transformative journey with the village’s farmers. After converting the farmers to organic rice production and already through one successful harvest, the group has been put into action to achieve the following:
Since the beginning of our partnership in April 2021, KWT Bakung Asri has been able to source additional funding from the government as well as from workshops run by Discova, resulting in the renting of additional land. They have built seed houses for horticultural planting such as vegetables, herbs, and spices. The group and villagers have cooperated on numerous initiatives, including:
We’re extremely excited at the prospect of the Manggis village becoming a popular attraction for tourists, not only because the community offers so much opportunity for experiences and an insight into authentic Balinese culture, but because the local people could return to a sector that they once worked in prior to the pandemic.
This has been our focus since we began working with the local community, and we’re thrilled to see travel restrictions ease in Indonesia to facilitate the return of international travellers.
Of course, we will continue to share all the goings on at Manggis with our partners.
However, if you have any further questions about the project, what’s going on there, and how you can get involved in any way, don’t hesitate to reach out to our teams.
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