Community-based forest restoration



Posted on 19 August 2013  | 
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Over 50,000 trees have been planted across 300,000 hectares as part of a restoration project in the Heart of Borneo, Asia’s last great rainforest and a WWF priority area. Using local knowledge 42 families from three villages in the Kapuas Hulu District created a forested corridor between two national parks. They helped define the project goals, selected suitable endemic species and then planted them, partly on their own farming land. WWF ran a field school to teach sustainable farming techniques and encouraged collaborative problem solving. The project aims to take pressure off natural forest, which includes important orang-utan habitat, and help secure freshwater supplies. Economic benefits include an agro-business developed by a women’s group after WWF entrepreneurship training.

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