We practice mitigation and adaptation.
Planet Indonesia is leading innovation in climate change mitigation and adaptation techniques. Our mitigation work is centered on conserving primary carbon-rich rainforests and mangrove forests providing low-income communities with viable economic incomes that no longer cause them to unsustainably harvest natural resources in times of need.
Our communal business model provides rural communities with savings and loans programs through an increased local income. This innovative approach increases climate change adaptability as when faced with the negative hardships of climate change (e.g. drought, flood) communities have "slush fund" like access to provide economic security. Also read about our climate change fellows program!
Forest conservation and agroforestry: Protecting carbon-rich forests
We work with communities through our communal business approach to conserve both primary rainforest and to convert degraded lands to agroforestry plantations through our Friendly Forest Initiative.
GuNung Niut Nature Reserve
In 2016, Planet Indonesia will begin working in one of West Borneo's most critical ecosystems, Gunung Niut. This 180,000 hectare reserve hosts a massive 1,700 meter peak in the Northwest Region of the province. The park is home to some of Indonesia's most iconic species such as the Bornean Orangutan, Bornean Gibbons, and the Helmeted Hornbill. We are collecting critical baseline data to find out where, how, and why communities are stuck in the unsustainable harvest of resources from the reserve. After initial data collection we will launch our communal business model in the area to empower communities and save this critical ecosystem. Stay tuned for details.
THE FRIENDLY FOREST INITIATIVE
We are working with communities to start agroforestry programs on degraded lands. Are work focuses on isolated communities who have faced hardships from lack of connectivity, support, and palm oil production. Many of these communities have no access to health care, education, and work primarily as fishermen or as palm oil field hands.
Our innovative Friendly Forest Initiative works to establish small agroforestry business groups. True to our approach we support communities to promote social entrepreneurship through ecologically sound economic development.
We work with these groups to train them and cover the upfront costs of converting the degraded lands into forests that have value for both nature and economies. Through our revolving fund these small business groups are able to generate their own income through the products, fruits, and wood that can be taken from their plantations.
Different from other organizations, we do not focus on slow growing highly valued "wood" species. Rather we focus on high return-on-investment fruit, bean, and tea producing trees. Within 6 months of planting communities will begin experiencing profits from their tree plots, and within 1 year of planting nearly 75% of the species used will be producing.
We mix tree species to ensure environmental resilience. In the case of a disease outbreak or natural disaster this ensures communities will not face further hardships. Additionally, many of the species we use are nitrogen-fixates, increasing the soils value for the future.
Meanwhile, degraded and potentially worthless land is turned back into forests providing benefit for local species and biodiversity. This ensures the sustainability of our impact as each small business group can generate their own income and sustain their forestry practices.
Our current program is targeting over 1600 different family groups and restoring nearly 2,000 hectares of degraded land.