Sustainable Development Through A Community-Based Micro-Hydro For Bario Asal, Kelabit Highlands, Sarawak.
The Bario Asal Longhouse and adjoining Arur layun (Pa Bengar) village is home to the indigenous Kelabit community, located in the Bario Highlands Plateau who are mainly wet rice paddy farmers. This community-based micro-hydro project is aimed to address and mitigate the negative impacts of climate change (carbon emission) by replacing existing diesel-generated power with hydro-electric power, involving the local community in the all aspects of planning, building, management and maintenance of the micro-hydro system while building their capacity and awareness for the need to conserve their environment, sustainable use of biodiversity and protection of the watershed. The supply of renewable energy will also increase avenues for income generation as well as disposable income of the marginalized, impoverished local community through less dependence on the high cost for fossil fuel.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Jawatankuasa Keselamatan dan Kemajuan Kampung Bario Asal Lembaa
Country:
Malaysia
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Operational Phase:
Phase 4
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 127,087.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 19,354.00
Project Number:
MAL/SGP/OP4/Y1/RAF/2008/08
Start Date:
10/2008
End Date:
6/2010
Status:
Project Terminated Before Completion
Project Characteristics and Results
Project sustainability
Sustainable programe by the locals. The Committee are committed to ensure the three key factors for sustainability are work on. This areas are; 1) Regular maintenance 2) Self finance 3) Management of the System
Notable Community Participation
The target group of this project is the population of Bario Asal and Arul Layun that consists of 50 households or approximately 500 indigenous Kelabit. Almost half of the population is seasonal, with youth seeking further education and adults gained professional employment in Miri, Kuching and other major towns in the region. The system is designed to produce 35kW of electricity which will be supplied to the 50 households in the two villages, as well as the village chapel and the main church. Excess energy can be sold to two nearby schools, SK and SMK Bario, and will thereby significantly offset their use of fossil fuel. The people of Bario Asal and Arul Layun are subsistence farmers, primarily wet paddy irrigated by small nearby streams. Bario is famous for its fragrant rice and its residents depend on the Pa’ Merario, which originates from Pulung Tau National Park to supply water for domestic purposes and irrigation. The micro hydro system is designed to integrate the watershed conservation, power generation and irrigation for paddy fields.
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