Field Report on Journalist Trip Wates Jaya – Pasir Muncang, 29 May 2013

This activity was intended for the following purposes:
  • Emphasizing Cisadane River, so it would be a consideration for a better river management;
  • Identifying the land use around Cisadane River and its correlation with the decrease in river water quality and biodiversity;
  • Identifying the decrease in river water quality and the biodiversity, and its correlation with the children or youths.
Journalist Trip was a part of campaign activities on “Our River Our Life”. It was held by Institute for Forest and Environment (Rimbawan Muda Indonesia/RMI) on Wednesday, 22nd May, 2013, it was coincided with Biodiversity Day. This activity was initiated by RMI together with Yayasan KEHATI (Biodiversity Foundation) and Transformasi Hijau (Green Transformation), supported by several organizations, such as EOS Consultants, pt., Terre des Hommes Germany and partners also communities who focused on the conservation of river and biodiversity. The participants of this activity were journalists or reporters from several mass media, such as DAAI TV, Kompas TV, The Jakarta Post, Radar Bogor, Tempo, etc. A Brief Description of Location of Cisadane Watershed
Geographycally, Cisadane Watershed is located in the coordinate of 1060 28’ 53” - 1060 56’ 42” East Longitude and 60 00’ 14” - 60 47’ 17”. Topographical boundary of Cisadane Watershed:
  • South: Gede Mountain, Salak Mountain, Cipocel Mountain and Kendeng Mountain
  • West: Panenjoan Mountain, Jambumanis Mountain and Tela Mountain
  • East: Ciliwung Watershed and Kali Angke Pesanggrahan Watershed
  • North: Java Sea
Cisadane Watershed consists of 16 big rivers; those are:
  • Upstream: Ciapus River, Cihideung River, Ciampea River, Ciaruteun River, Cianten River, Citempuhan River, Cisadane Hulu River and Cipinang River
  • Middle: Cibeuteung River, Cihowe River, Cijeletreng River, Cisauk River and Cisabi River
  • Downstream: Kramat River and Ciasin River


  • Field Trip

    No. Location Activity Findings Photo
    1. Subvillage: Ciwaluh
    Village: Wates Jaya
    Subdistrict: Cigombong
    Regency: Bogor
    • Visiting the upstream of Cisadane River.
    • Identifying the problems (briefing from RMI (Mr. Eman) and from one of the Head of Neighborhood (Ketua RT) in Ciwaluh Subvillage).
    • The river water quality was still good.
    • The clarity of water was still good.
    • There was a local community who carried out a sand and stone mining.
    • There was no garbage in this area.
    • Most of local communities were farmers but they lost their land-use ownership to Gunung Gede National Park (the problem on the border of land between the area of Gunung Gede National Park and the land that belonged to the community).
    Description: Kondisi air Hulu Sungai Cisadane.JPG
    River water in the upstream of Cisadane River (Ciwaluh Subvillage) Description: Persawahan dan Vegetasi di Hulu Cisadane.JPG
    Vegetation and Paddy Rice Field around the upstream of Cisadane River
    Description: Penambangan batu oleh penduduk sekitar di Hulu Cisadane.JPG
    Local Community who Carried Out Sand and Stone Mining in the Upstream of Cisadane River Description: Interview peserta dengan Pak RT Kampung Ciwaluh - 4.JPG
    Interview with one of the Head of Neighborhood (Ketua RT) Description: Kumis Kucing yang banyak ditemukan di Hulu Cisadane - 3.JPG
    Orthosiphon aristatus (Kumis Kucing) around the upstream of Cisadane River that were planted by local communities in Ciwaluh Subvillage
    2. Subvillage: Lengkong Girang
    Village: Wates Jaya
    Subdistrict: Cigombong
    Regency: Bogor
    • Visiting Mr. Sayuti’s house (one of the Head of Neighborhood (Ketua RT) in Lengkong Girang Subvillage).
    • Identifying the problems (briefing from RMI (Mrs. Nana) and from one of the Head of Neighborhood (Ketua RT) in Lengkong Girang Subvillage (Mr. Sayuti).
    Most of local communities were farmers but they didn’t have their own land to carry out the farming activities. The land around their subvillage belongs to MNC Group. The company just bought the land but they did nothing towards the land. The company allowed the communities to use the land with a rent system, but the company only allowed the communities to culture seasonal plants, such as corn, cassava with a specific terms and conditions. Thus, the communities didn’t feel free in carrying out their farming activities. The communities would like to culture plants that have a strong root, so the plants can prevent the flood or land erosion towards their village during the rainy season due to the slope of the land around their subvillage. Description: Interview dengan Pak Sayuti - Ketua RT di Kampung Lengkong Girang.JPG
    Interview with Mr. Sayuti (one of the Head of Neighborhood (Ketua RT) in Lengkong Girang Subvillage)
    3. Subvillage: Sungapan
    Village: Pasir Buncir
    Subdistrict: Caringin
    Regency: Bogor
    • Visiting Mr. Solah’s house (one of member of local community organization “Kelompok Tani Bersaudara” in Sungapan Subvillage).
    • Identifying the problems (briefing from RMI (Mrs. Tilla), from one of local community organization “Kelompok Tani Bersaudara” in Sungapan Subvillage (Mr. Solah), and from Mr. Mahmud (one of local youth organization “Satria Muda”)
    • There was sand mining in Sungapan Subvillage.
    • In the past, the sand mining was conducted by local communities in Sungapan Subvillage. But after an accident that occurred in the field and after the communities felt a bad impact due to the sand mining, the local communities agreed to close it.
    • Local government gave an approval to a company to conduct the sand mining, so the area of sand mining was re-opened.
    • The river water quality in rainy season was so bad due to the high content of sediment in the river (the sand from the mining location flowed to the river).
    • There was disturbance to the air quality during the dry season and noise due to the heavy equipment that transport the sand. This bad impact affected the growth and health of children and youth in this area.
    Description: Penjelasan dari Pak Soleh (penduduk Kampung Sungapan, Desa Pasir Buncir) (9).JPG
    Interview with Mr. Solah (one of member of local community organization “Kelompok Tani Bersaudara”) and Mr. Mahmud (one of local youth organization “Satria Muda”) Description: Alat berat (excavator) penambang pasir di Kampung Sungapan, Desa Pasir Buncir - 2.JPG
    Excavator in Sand Mining Location at Sungapan Subvillage
    Description: Penambangan Pasir di Kampung Sungapan, Desa Pasir Buncir.JPG
    Sand Mining in Sungapan Subvillage and the Vegetation in surroundings


    Description: Aktivitas di penambangan pasir Kampung Sungapan, Desa Pasir Buncir (5).JPG
    The Observation in Sand Mining Location

    Description: Vegetasi dan Persawahan di Kampung Sungapan, Desa Pasir Buncir - 2.JPG
    Vegetation and Paddy Field in Sungapan Subvillage around the Sand Mining Location

    Small Workshop (Sarasehan)

    The last session of journalist trip was Small Workshop (Sarasehan) in Pasir Muncang Village, Caringin Subdistrict, Bogor Regency. In addition to journalist, RMI also invited high school students and youth organization in this small workshop. The students and youth organization were from the upstream of Cisadane River, the middle area of Cisadane River and the downstream of Cisadane River, thus, they can share the information in their area as a comparison. The activities in this event were:
    • Presentation about: (i) the condition of Cisadane River in the past and  present; (ii) a prediction of Cisadane River condition in the future based on the current condition, current activities around Cisadane River and future activities that maybe occur in Cisadane River; (iii) the bad impact of activities in Cisadane River towards the children and young people from the keynote speakers: Mr. Hendra (the lecturer in Forestry Faculty, IPB), Mr. Norcahyo Waskito (Psycologist) and Mrs. Tilla (RMI);
    • Sharing information on the condition of Cisadane River in the upstream, middle area, and the downstream, also on the impact of activities in Cisadane River to the environment, biodiversity, the health and growth of children and young people among the participants;
    • Discussion in solving the potential problems or impacts that were occurred in Cisadane River between the participants and the keynote speakers.
    Description: Suasana tanya jawab peserta dengan pemateri di Sarasehan Cisadane - Pasir Muncang (8).JPG
    The Event of Small Workshop (Sarasehan) on Journalist Trip
    Description: Spanduk acara Sarasehan Cisadane di Pasir Muncang (4).JPG
    Logo of EOS as one of supporter of this activity
    Description: Penjelasan dari Pak Hendra - Dosen Fahutan IPB.JPG
    Mr. Hendra: A Lecturer from Forestry Faculty of IPB as one of Keynote Speaker in this Sarasehan
    Description: Penjelasan hubungan kerusakan lingkungan dengan kondisi psikologis anak-anak dan remaja (3).JPG
    Mr. Norcahyo Waskito: A Psycologist (Psycosocial Expert) as one of Keynote Speaker in this Sarasehan
    Description: Penjelasan dari Tilla RMI mengenai kondisi Cisadane (4).JPG
    Mrs. Tilla: RMI’s Manager as one of Keynote Speaker in this Sarasehan
    Description: Moderator oleh Mba Rina dari KEHATI (2).JPG
    Mrs. Rina Kusuma: KEHATI’s Officer as a Moderator in this Sarasehan
    Description: Sharing mengenai kondisi Pesisir Jakarta oleh Peserta Pelajar dari Marunda.JPG
    One of Participants from the downstream of Cisadane River (the Coastal Area in Tangerang Regency)
    Description: Sharing oleh Siswa SMU Peserta Sarasehan di Pasir Muncang (3).JPG
    One of Participants from the upstream of Cisadane River (Ciwaluh Subvillage)
    Description: Sharing mengenai kondisi Sungai Ciliwung di Jakarta oleh Peserta dari Teens Go Green.JPG
    One of Participants from the Youth Organization in Jakarta (Teens Go Green)
    Description: Foto bersama setelah selesai Sarasehan Cisadane (2).JPG
    Taking Picture Together in the end of Sarasehan