What Interests and Who Are Behind the Forced Efforts on the Sustainability of the Wae Sano Geothermal Project?

On May 29, 2021, Ruteng Diocese has sent a letter addressed to the President of the Republic of Indonesia, containing a recommendation to continue the process of the Wae Sano geothermal project. Seven months earlier, Ruteng Diocese had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Director General of New, Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM), to seek a comprehensive solution emerging from the project.

Although we residents of Wae Sano are often not involved and are not the “goal” of the Ruteng Diocese’s Recommendation Letter, we have obtained and studied the entire contents of the letter from various parties, including media reports.

Likewise, the government, companies, and financial institutions are trying to continue the process of the Wae Sano geothermal project, even though almost the entire process is predominantly carried out with an “upstream”/authority/power-based approach, not a true citizen-community involvement approach.

In the last three years, we have also studied together with various communities of residents affected by geothermal and other resistance networks from various regions in Indonesia, as one of the provisions for the struggle in the midst of the dominance of information and knowledge by certain parties over the problems of our lives.

For this reason, we residents of Wae Sano as village owners, who live and die on the land and water of Wae Sano, have prepared and sent an Open Letter to the Bishop of Ruteng Diocese, the Government, the Company, and fellow Flores residents and a number of other parties, as a form of response. official letter of recommendation for the Diocese of Ruteng, as well as to emphasize our rejection of the Wae Sano geothermal project.

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[Open Letter] Wae Sano, Our Living Space!

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