When I first visited Bali in the late 80s there was a very strong sense of the regional organisational structures that kept people and land in balance. The beauty of Bali was no accident, but an intricate matrix of shared responsibility for maintaining the spiritual, environmental and social balance on this incredibly fertile island.
The name for the system which results in an incredible network of irrigation channels, is ‘Subak’.
Subak is the system of democratic farming and water distribution that has made Bali such a fascinating and bountiful island. It comes from a Hindu philosophy that seeks unity between spirit, humans & nature…
The irrigation channel’s we see in Bali are managed under a strict regime that ensures water is not misused or wasted, to ensure all crops receive their share. The water is blessed. We are blessed.
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What a great word. Love it. We would do well to chuck it into our dictionary for use here when discussing the Murray Darling Basin