It is estimated that 64 million hectares of forest land in Indonesia have been destroyed in the last 50 years. The majority of this is due to the logging industry, both illegal and legal, as well as from other means such as fires and natural disasters. The Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS) Nursery and Replanting Project pioneered local community based nursery centers to support the rehabilitation of degraded areas of forest and coastal areas, including those affected by the tsunami disaster in Aceh. The project will help to protect these remaining areas of forest habitat by implementing reforestation projects in these degraded areas. Partnered with American Forests, SOS planted 20,000 mangroves and 16,155 terrestrial trees in their 2006-2007 restoration efforts. The seedlings were raised in the local nurseries and local people were involved in both the growing of the trees as well as the planting. Four workshops, including a workshop on mangrove ecosystems, were held in conjunction with this project.
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