Name of Project: Forests for the Future
Number of Trees to be Planted: 30,250
Directly Benefits: Local community of Sei Betung,Orangutans
Location: Sumatra, Indonesia
American Forests is funding a project to restore the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in partnership with The Orangutan Information Centre (OIC), in collaboration with the Gunung Leuser National Park (GLNP), and the Farmer Guadians of Leuser (KETAPEL). The latter is a local farmers' group that works at tree nurseries and restore damaged forests, and are the guardians of the GLNP. They will serve as in-field supervisors for program activities.
The section of the protected area that will be restored through this project has suffered greatly from the illegal conversion of protected forests into plantation agriculture to extract palm oil. This illegal activity threatens the 10,000 plant species, 200 mammal species, including the endangered Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii), and 580 bird species that are reported to be found at this site. In addition to replanting a variety of native species, the project will also offer training in the agroforestry systems which will provide livelihoods for communities, while lessening the impact on the ecosystem. This project is also important in terms of combating climate change. In Sumatra, forest cover has been reduced by 48% in the last 25 years. Deforestation in Indonesia accounts for 34% of global emissions.
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