7 million trees planted in Indonesia
Last updated September 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 3 decades, 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 approach to reforestation
One of the key reasons we have chosen to partner with Eden is because of their holistic approach to reforestation. Their approach follows four key steps.
- Identify and partner with local villages that are committed to restoring their forests
- Hire and train local villagers to plant new trees
- Villagers carry out reforestation work
- Villages protect their new forest because they have a vested interest (in addition to legal protections provided by local and national governments)
This approach means that 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 a seedling survival rate of >80%.
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.