Reforestation

Reforesting burnt and cleared areas of forest is an essential part of our conservation work. Replanting trees prevents soil erosion, expands wildlife habitats and reduces fire-risks; it engages local communities in conservation; and it contributes to the global fight to stop climate-change.

Our seedling nursery contains over 5,000 trees from small seedlings to tall saplings, these are either collected from the forest or germinated from seeds and looked after in the nursery until we are ready to plant them. We are reforesting areas of recently-burnt peat-swamp forest, ex-farming and mining areas and forest patches that were over-logged in the past.

 

Reforestation_Aman and Udin

Reforestation is needed in areas where human activities destroys the forest quicker than its ability to regenerate by itself

 

We have a long-term project studying how to assist reforestation in some of the most damaged regions of Kalimantan, by identifying the best species for replanting and the best light, water and nutrient conditions for tree survival and growth. Our primary research site is the degraded sedge swamp on the edge of the Sabangau River, a barren grass and fern covered landscape that used to be a tall riverine forest, but burnt 50 years ago, has lost most of its peat soil, floods every wet season and burns during the dry season. Despite these extreme conditions we are having success at establishing certain tree species in the area.

 


        Nursery (1) - Chris Owen - 2015_editedOver 5,000 trees
        from small seedlings
        to tall saplings are housed
        in our seedling nursery
        in Sabangau


 

As well as the nursery at base camp in the Sabangau Forest, we are introducing new ‘Family Nursery’ projects in local villages. These  involve local communities in our restoration work to increase awareness, develop closer ties with our programmes, provide economic support, and use local knowledge and skills in furthering our restoration objectives.

 

 

Learn more about our other conservation work!

Habitat Protection


We're proud to support a dedicated local patrol unit who protect the Sabangau Forest from illegal logging, hunting of endangered species and damaging forest fires.

Canal Blocking


The artificial construction of canals and channels in Borneo's forests has caused peatland to dry out and the fire-risk to skyrocket. Canal blocking is crucial to protect these vulnerable habitats.

Fighting Fires


Peat fires burn every year in Borneo's forests. We're committed to both reducing the fire risk in forests and improving capacity of local community teams to fight these fires.

 

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