Indonesia Initiatives

PALIYAN WILDLIFE RESERVE

Restoring The Rainforest To Sustain Communities and Fight Climate Change

In the late-1990s, the rainforest in Yogyakarta Special Province on Java Island was decimated due to illegal logging by local residents during the economic crisis. Since 2005, in cooperation with the Department of Forestry in Indonesia, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, Japan, has been actively restoring and rehabilitating the forest of Paliyan Wildlife Sanctuary. To date, approximately 300,000 native trees, fruit trees and other useful trees have been planted. Watch the video here.

To promote understanding of the importance of the rainforest, the cooperation of the local communities is vital and they are engaged by educating them in sustainable farming and harvesting. Agricultural technical guidance is also provided to help them achieve greater financial independence. In local elementary schools, there is also collaboration with Gadjah Mada University to implement environmental education, so as to also empower school teachers with the knowledge to pass on to the students and future generations.

With climate change becoming a major concern around the world, this reforestation initiative is even more significant. The restored rainforest is expected to absorb about 70,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide in the next 20 years. In addition, the forest cover will help to reduce the occurrence of flooding and landslides in the area.

Now in its third phase, the initiative continues in its environmental education efforts. Nursery trees and seedlings are also distributed to local residents and they are provided with training in planting and tending methods. By equipping the local community with these sustainable farming and agriculture knowledge, their livelihoods and income can be enhanced and better protected.

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BIODIVERSITY FUN CLASS

Empowering Future Generations Through Biodiversity Education

Besides advocating the need for biodiversity protection among adults, we need to ensure that our future generations are also educated and empowered with the same knowledge in order to continue with this sustainability journey. MSIG Indonesia will be engaging students in selected schools with hands-on activities and also share learnings about how precious it is to conserve and breathe new life to a deforested barren land (as in the case of the Paliyan Wildlife Sanctuary in Yogyakarta).

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