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  • Blog Post: Eight local schools visit Harapan Rainforest

    The normally quiet Harapan Rainforest recently became a hive of activity when over 400 school children arrived in camp to assist in a day of tree planting. They came from eight different schools in the local area and also included the indigenous children who are taught through our mobile schools. The...
  • Blog Post: On the twelfth day of a rainforest friendly Christmas...

    Last month saw NGOS, government officials and industry reps from all around the world descend on Durban in South Africa to take part in the UN climate negotiations. Up for discussion was the topic of saving tropical forests to help in the fight against climate change and to find out more about the outcome...
  • Blog Post: Getting ready for the rains

    It’s the middle of the dry season in Sumatra. Everything is dry and dusty. Fire is a constant threat at the moment. But all Gatot Mandarsih is thinking about is planting trees. He is one of Harapan Rainforest’s tree nursery officers. He helps to produce up to two million tree seedlings a...
  • Blog Post: Collecting seeds, collecting hope

    A steady supply of seed is vital for forest restoration, so there are always seedlings to be planted out. Recently, three of us from the nursery team headed into the forest to collect bilakang seeds. As we headed out along the trail, our eyes didn’t stop scanning the forest floor – many seeds...
  • Blog Post: Indigenous communities drive forest restoration at Harapan

    Seedlings are very important at Harapan. The man for that job is Usman. He is a member of the Bathin Sembilan indigenous community. They have lived in Harapan for generations. Pak Usman manages the Durian Dangkal community nursery. It can produce over 160,000 seedlings a year. With a team of five to...
  • Blog Post: Growing the nursery to grow the forest

    A really noticeable development at the Harapan Rainforest main camp has been the growth of our central nursery. Lines of metal poles support enough shade netting to cover half a football pitch. Fully equipped with an irrigation network, the rehabilitated nursery is big enough to hold up to half a million...