7 million trees planted in Indonesia
Last updated November 9th, 2020
Reversing deforestation of biodiverse ecosystems in Indonesia
Made up of over 17,000 islands, Indonesia is one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. These islands are home to 12% of the world’s mammals, 16% of the world’s reptiles and amphibians, 17% of the world’s birds and 25% of global fish populations. Among these 17,000 islands, there are 135 threatened mammal species, including the endangered Sumatran Tiger, Orangutans, the Javan Rhinoceros and Sumatran Elephants.
An estimated 40 million rural dwelling Indonesians rely heavily on the biodiversity of their environment for subsistence needs. Traditional fishermen rely on the wetland ecosystems all around the islands, including mangroves, coral reefs and sea grass for their livelihood. In the last 30 years, Indonesia has lost over 40% of its mangrove forests, affecting not only the environment and the species that rely on them but also the communities that depend on this ecosystem for survival. Overall Indonesia has lost 80% of its original forest cover, and continues to lose 6.2 million acres of forest every year.
Eden Reforestation Projects is working with local villagers on Biak Island to restore, replant, and protect these unique and vital forest systems. So far Eden have planted more than 7 million trees in Indonesia and created 70 thousand workdays for local villagers in the process.
The Carbon Impact
By planting trees, you can be sure of your carbon impact. Trees capture and permanently store carbon dioxide from the air in their trunks. Capturing CO2 from the air is how they grow; it is nature’s solution to climate change. All we need do is plant the trees and give them room to grow. Reduce My Footprint works to ensure that your trees capture enough CO2 to offset your lifestyle according to your subscription plan.
The Principles of Reforestation
One of the key reasons we partner with Eden is because of their holistic approach to reforestation. Eden is the most successful tree planting charity in the world because they work with local communities to plant and protect their forests. This ensures trees are planted and preserved over the long term.
Not only is the reforestation work done well and rigorously, but it also provides local jobs and gains the support of the local community. Using this method Eden has achieved an incredible seedling survival rate of >80%. The survival rate of trees we plant is of course taken into account in your subscription.
Over time the forests themselves become self-sustaining and begin to naturally grow even more trees. The good deed of planting trees ripples out to create even greater impact. Your subscription to Reduce My Footprint considers the further natural forestation as additional to your impact.
How we capture carbon in Indonesia
Partner with local communities
Successful reforestation means identifying and partnering with communities that care about and are invested in their forests
Local villagers plant trees
Local people are hired and trained to reforest their communities. Workers are provided with fair salaries and training
Trees capture and store carbon
Trees are then left to grow, protected by the local communities that planted them. Trees capture carbon every year as they grow