Makara is an initiative of Christa Nooy. Local communities that actively protect their natural habitats are central to her work. Christa is an Indonesia specialist and has extensive experience with projects in the field of sustainable river management. After having been active in Asia for over 20 years, she has a wide international network of environmental organizations in Indonesia and Asia. With Makara she develops international projects with environmental organizations, knowledge institutions, governments and companies.
During her work trips through Asia she regularly comes face to face with Makaras: impressive mythical creatures from the Hindu culture with the head of an elephant, the skin of a fish and a crocodile tail. They serve as a fountain in water temples located in forest areas in Asia, at the source of rivers. In these places, humans and nature have traditionally been in balance for centuries. The trees in these “sacred groves” are traditionally protected by the surrounding local community. The groves give healthy rivers back in return.