Introduction

Forest Restoration Project: SDGs Together


As a global mega-biodiversity country and important global carbon sink, Indonesia's peatland forest is critical to be conserved and protected. However, peatland forest is prone to forest degradation and deforestation due to land-use change, agriculture expansion, and wildfires.

One degraded peatland forest that has been identified is located at the Giam Siak Kecil Bukit Batu Landscape, Riau, Indonesia. The area is part of Biosphere Reserve, home for biodiverse living creatures, such as Sumatran tiger and elephant, and is also a major carbon sink. Unfortunately, this area has degraded over the years for various reasons. Which is why forest restoration is important as it will help the degraded peatland forest to recover back to healthy forest.

According to IUCN, peatland restoration has proven to be more effective compared to other methods to reduce carbon emissions. Therefore, Belantara Foundation collaborates with the APP Sinar Mas Japan branch and other stakeholders to restore some areas of degraded forest in the Giam Siak Kecil Bukit Batu Biosphere Reserve, Riau.

Our peatland restoration project is located in conservation areas of APP’s supplier in the Giam Siak Kecil Bukit Batu Biosphere Reserve and focuses on tree planting, maintenance, and continued protection of the restoration project areas.

Our Plan

We plan to restore the degraded forest at the Giam Siak Kecil Bukit Batu Biosphere Reserve. Peatland restoration includes tree planting, maintenance, and protection. We will plant native and endangered tree species to support Indonesia's effort to conserve the species. This initiative is part of our effort to support Indonesia to conserve rare tree species, restore peatland forest, and mark our contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals 13 - Climate Action, 15 - Life on Land, and 17 - Partnership for the Goals.

How?

Tree planting phase includes preparing planting areas, trees selection, and planting trees .

Tree Planting

Monitoring phase includes cleaning planting areas from weeds and shrubs, replanting dead trees, and fertilizing planted trees.

Monitoring

Protection phase includes protecting the planting areas and ensuring tree growth and health.

Protection

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