Harapan Rainforest, Sumatra, Indonesia

Helping Harapan rainforest

Emily Woodfield, from the RSPB's Tropical Forest Landscapes Programme talks about recent work at Harapan rainforest.

Our work in the Harapan Rainforest

The team working in the Harapan Rainforest, Indonesia, have been collaborating with local communities to ensure the future of this precious area.

The staff aim to encourage these communities to move away from forest-harming agricultural practices in the buffer zones around Harapan, and instead adopt agroforestry practices, with tree planting among crops. Around 250 families have been engaged in the project. Restoration and rehabilitation activities include:

  • Awareness-raising sessions at Harapan School
  • Training sessions on tree-planting techniques
  • Community socialisation programmes

These activities are taking place as part of a forest partnership scheme being used to address the issue of encroachment and land conflict at Harapan, where local community groups previously occupied and cultivated forest land within the Harapan Rainforest concession.

The scheme, initiated by the signing of an agreement between the community group and Harapan Rainforest, is implementing community agroforestry as a means of restoring the forest.

As well as planting only recommended tree species – including a mixture of fruit, rubber and wood trees – to conserve the forest, local people are being encouraged to effectively manage their own land, and create sustainable livelihoods.

Next steps...

Also in Indonesia, over the next six months we’re focusing on improving forest monitoring and patrolling systems, with the construction of five new forest field offices. They’ll mean that patrolling teams can be based closer to the forest for better overall management of the area.

Harapan training

How you can help

A tropical caterpillar makes its way along a leaf in the Harapan Rainforest

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