PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES

 

A fusion of community development, conservation, and cultural preservation

 

 

Integrated art (IA)

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We are working with the Indigenous women of Borneo to revitalize traditional art works as a way to economically empower low-income communities. This integrated approach preserves traditions and economically empowers women. Furthermore, this increased economic development decreases reliance on other sources of income that may degrade the environment (i.e. logging, hunting, bush meat, animal trafficking). CHECK OUT OUR ONLINE STORE FOR PRODUCT ACCESS.

Through our partnerships with local artisan groups we are working with over 1500 women. Planet Indonesia is also planting community gardens on degraded lands to increase the access to natural dye plants and increase the quality of local work.

 

 

BIRDS for communities in action

Currently, over 600,000 birds are trapped and traded every year in Indonesia. Most of these traders make less then U.S. $100.00 a month. This program attempts to break this negative cycle of human poverty and environmental degradation by providing new livelihoods for these impoverished people. Through our Center for Alternative Livelihoods (CALs) we provide training in captive breeding methods to ensure that those who are not willing to leave the animal trade can decrease their reliance on wild populations while still maintaining an income.

 

 

 

Youth education and leadership

 We are working with local high school students and University students through our Training Camps to build capacity and leadership skills in the next generation of Indonesian citizens. Students learn a variety of skills in these camps and are required to conduct "community action projects" in their local areas. This can be campaigning about human rights, trash pickups, food drives, etc. Additionally, we are in the process of purchasing land that will act as our center for our youth education and leadership building programs

 

 

THE FRIENDLY FOREST INITIATIVE:

 

We are working with low-income 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. 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. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

KUBU RAYA INITIATIVE: MANGROVE REFORESTATION AND MARINE MAMMAL CONSERVATION

 

This project focuses on reforesting degraded mangrove forests in coastal areas. New studies have shown that mangrove forests are the most economically valuable forests in the world. It is estimated they provide U.S. $1.5 Billion dollars a year in fisheries. But we ask the question, how can we restore these forests AND benefit local impoverished fishermen communities.

We are working to create a revolving fund where local low-income communities receive a monetary benefit for restoring degraded lands. The result? Both humans AND nature benefit. Local fisherman are experiencing an increased income from limited logging and our survival incentives fund while local biodiversity is benefiting from reforestation. This project also integrates Brackish Water Dolphin conservation into its approach as we are closely monitoring these endangered and quickly disappearing species. This innovative approach creates a win-win solution for both humans and nature.

This project focuses on reforesting degraded mangrove forests in coastal areas. New studies have shown that mangrove forests are the most economically valuable forests in the world. It is estimated they provide U.S. $1.5 Billion dollars a year in fisheries. But we ask the question, how can we restore these forests AND benefit local impoverished fishermen communities.

We are working to create a revolving fund where local low-income communities receive a monetary benefit for restoring degraded lands. The result? Both humans AND nature benefit. Local fisherman are experiencing an increased income from limited logging and our survival incentives fund while local biodiversity is benefiting from reforestation. This project also integrates Brackish Water Dolphin conservation into its approach as we are closely monitoring these endangered and quickly disappearing species. This innovative approach creates a win-win solution for both humans and nature.