Mbah Sadiman The Eco Hero

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Who is Mbah Sadiman?

He was born in 1954 in the valley of Gendol Hill, Bulukerto, Wonogiri, Central Java, Indonesia. He did not finish his studies at a senior school. He tried his luck in life to become a laborer in Surabaya, Gresik and Kalimantan but finally he went home to his homeland.
In the 1960s, Gendol Hill was on fire. Fires are caused by humans. People cut logs and exploited the hill for illegal agricultural land. Gendol Hill is owned by the Indonesian government.

After the fire, Gendol Hill became barren. The springs became dry in the dry season. Flood disasters often occured in the rainy season.
At the age of 40, Mbah Sadiman was very saddened to see the neighbourhood. In 1996, he started his project alone. He was determined to reforest the land on Gendol hill. He planted a banyan tree, or ficus, on the hill of Gendol. On an area of 617 acres, he planted more than 11,000 banyan trees for more than 20 years.

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