UNESCO To Award World Heritage Status To Bali's Subak System



Jakarta - The UNESCO has agreed to acknowledge the Subak traditional irrigation system of the Indonesian island resort of Bali as one of the world`s cultural heritages, according to Deputy Education and Cultural Minister Windu Nuryanti.

"There is good news for Indonesia. The UNESCO has agreed to name Subak as one of the world`s cultural heritages," she said in a short message to ANTARA here on Sunday.

According to Windu, UNESCO will announce the decision in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on June 20, 2012.

Subak is a traditional irrigation system that has been practised for hundreds of years in Bali.

It plays a very important part in the life of the Balinese people who own rice farms.

This system aims to ensure that water is fairly distributed during the dry season.

Members of the Subak social organisation have equal rights, regardless of caste, title, or the size of their land holding.

The farmers meet monthly under the leadership of the elected head of the Subak and together decide on issues concerning rice cultivation, for example, time for planting, harvesting, offerings, ceremonies, repairing dams, fertilising, etc. (Source: Antara2012)