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Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia


Country: Tabana, Bali, Indonesia
Date: 2010-2011
Tree no: 4000 Trees

Objectives

  • Plant 4000 trees
  • boost food supply for wildlife
  • conservation of threatened tree species

Project Overview

PATT Indonesia c/o BICG is implementing this project. It is entirely funded by Standard Chartered as part of the bank’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. They are planting 5,000 trees in Indonesia with 4,000 going into Tabanan. For the duration of the project we will be working with the Forestry Department and local people to plant native trees to increase food supplies for native fauna in the Protected Forest on Mt Batucaru, Bali, Indonesia (in the Tabanan Regency).

The slopes of Mount Batucaru have the largest areas of reasonably intact wet rainforests on Bali. The large area in West Bali known as Bali Barat National Park is mostly a combination of wet & dry forests. On the conservation principle of urgently protecting any remaining ecosystems, these wet rainforests must be considered a priority for regeneration and restoration projects. For the first time we have an opportunity to actively work to restore missing, or rare, elements to these forests. To date, it has proven impossible to gain permission to work inside these forests. Only now have we gained the first agreements to begin working there.

This project proposes to plant 4,000 native trees in the forest adjacent to the village, Desa Sarinbuana in the Tabanan Regency. The people of Sarinbuana decided some time ago to protect the forest for which they are responsible. It is considered to be perhaps the best example so far of a local community committing to forest preservation. Note: This is, in part, due to the recent development of ecotourism in the area. The key principal is conservation, preserving what is left and concentrating the reforestation on the most threatened species. The parallel development is an expected increase in ecotourism activity based on the good condition of the forest, and the resulting sustained involvement by the local community.
Project Details

The forests on Mount Batucaru have been severely damaged in some places, notably in the North (Munduk) and East (Bedugul). It is hoped that this first project will become a model for many future projects and ultimately, the successful preservation of Bali’s last significant, upland rainforests. These forests come under the auspices of the Forestry Department (Kehutanan), which has lists of native food plants suitable for a number of local birds and animals. They also have supplies of seedlings for some of these. Together with the government forestry team we will identify the natural tree species required to be reforested to maintain biodiversity and to bring the forest back to its original state, prior to illegal logging for firewood and timber which has had a major impact until recently. With new security measures, the government focuses their budgets on keeping the forest protected, so they were very welcoming to our initiative of reforestation and bringing back the original biodiversity and therefore the natural balance of the eco system, especially as they do not have the required budgets for this.

The seedlings will be purchased from the government so they can also maintain an active role in the cycle of reforestation, while the actual site preparations and planting is done by the surrounding villagers. This way we integrate the community and have them take part in conserving their natural heritage and to also make them aware and educate them of the importance and value of an intact ecosystem. For sustainability in the future we will also work with eco resorts and tour operators to bring in responsible tourism for trekking, bird watching and educational purposes at a later stage, enabling the villagers to become knowledgeable guides of their own heritage once again, and to generate a decent income from the forest without having to cause it any harm.

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