FNPF Nusa Penida Community Centre – a conservation & sustainability village
FNPF Nusa Penida Community Centre – a conservation and sustainability village now under construction at Ped beach on the island of Nusa Penida – is the future new headquarters of Bali Bird Sanctuary and the FNPF island conservation, community development and volunteer programs.
A social enterprise project built by FNPF staff, local and international volunteers together with community members in the tradition of a “mutual obligation system” – gotong royong – the new centre nestled in valley slopes, on forested woodland, behind Ped temple on Nusa Penida’s north coast – is truly a collaborative community effort and a real asset for local people who will also use this holistic community centre.
Durante 2014, groups of local people proudly worked together to create this traditional village-style masterpiece – even the access road was carved by hand, and hewn in 30 days along 800 metres of dry foothills with a manpower of 11 local men.
Realistically & traditionally sustainable …
FNPF Nusa Penida Community Centre – close to the original FNPF volunteer’s village, is crafted from locally-sourced materials with local men practicing traditional building skills passed down through generations. At risk of loss to a younger generation of islanders, the village elders were thrilled to pass on their valuable skills.
Thatching coconut-leaf roofing and applying stonemasonry to the new village landscape was all in a day’s work alongside bungalow builders who used donated bamboo, coconut and other local timbers. For each tree used, ten saplings more were planted close by.
When completed in 2015, the new centre will be home to the bird conservation program and relocated green-house nurseries to continue growing tens of thousands of native and food tree saplings for ongoing island reforestation projects.
The new community village will host guests and volunteers in six (6) twin, traditional bungalows, two (2) shared dormitories, a restaurant, library and community skills workshop spaces set in landscaped, valley grounds of native, organic vegetable and herb gardens.
The new FNPF Nusa Penida Community Centre aims to be realistically, self-sustainable in the near future with renewable energy systems and recycled water, waste and organic gardens composting.