LÉA NATURE funded the plantation of 57,500 trees in Indonesia through four projects implemented by nonprofit organizations. Deforestation is a serious issues for this country, namely because of oil palm plantations.
Trees are planted by the farmers of the organic coffee cooperative, KBQ Baburrayyan in Aceh (near Takengon). Trees are planted in coffee fields, representing 143 parcels around 8 different villages. 120 coffee growers are involved in the tree planting process.
At least three different species of trees have been planted on each farm, providing several benefits:
LÉA NATURE is supporting this project which is aimed at restoring the ecosystems of the Mahakam delta through the plantation of mangrove trees. The project works with local populations to develop a sustainable aquaculture system that enables responsible and non polluting fishing practices. Moreover, in order to diversify the economic resources of the area, 6 microcredit institutions help locals obtain funding to start new activities. Small businesses are growing, and the women of the fishing community are learning to manufacture and sell food products derived from fishing. 18 families are involved in mangrove planting.
This island’s environment is threatened by hunters and breeders who use controlled burning to encourage game to come out of hiding and to clear fields for pasture. This project is supported by LÉA NATURE and is aimed at preserving forests through awareness raising and through boosted economic development for breeders and hunters, by generating new sources of income thanks to vanilla extraction, patchouli processing and sandalwood trading. The NGO also educates local populations about preserving biodiversity and wildlife. This action concerns 4,000 people in 3 communities (Ngada and Riung ethic groups).
LÉA NATURE helped fund the acquisition of 43,500 square meters of forests to expand the Supayang Nature Reserve in Sumatra for improved wildlife conservation. Kalaweit is an NGO that works on protecting monkeys (gibbons) in Indonesia. The founder, Chanee, has created two gibbon conservation centers in Supayang, Sumatra and Pararawen, Borneo. Rescuing gibbons that are illegally detained is a priority. Most of the time, these animals are kept in poor conditions: small cages, stressful environments, inadequate food, absence of stimulation and other monkeys. This has a high impact on their life expectancy which is considerably reduced, and besides they are often killed when they reach sexual maturity and become aggressive and difficult to handle, around the age of 7. Gibbons will be better protected in the future thanks to the creation of nature reserves which are co-managed by the government and local populations, and thanks to Kalaweit’s contribution.
Trees are not only beneficial from an environmental point of view; they also foster a number of economic and social advantages:
Environment: trees capture CO2, reduce erosion, preserve and regenerate soil ecosystems, preserve water resources, regulate precipitation, prevent droughts, increase the amount of water stored in soils.
Economy: trees contribute to increasing and diversifying farm revenues, and contribute to bigger harvests.
Social: trees reduce crop dependency, and foster food self-sufficiency, pride and social cohesion.
Through its contribution to the 1% for the Planet club, LÉA NATURE has supported reforestation initiatives in several countries since 2007. LÉA NATURE has been tracking its carbon emissions since 2009 and intensified its program in 2012 with a new commitment to contribute to the plantation of 1 million trees by 2020 in order to offset its carbon footprint and to reduce global warming.
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