Reforestation

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

We have a long-term project studying reforestation in some of the most damaged rainforests of Borneo. Our research focuses on identifying the best tree species for replanting and optimal light, water and nutrient conditions for survival and growth.

We have set up two nurseries in the Sebangau Forest. The first contains over 3,000 trees from small seedlings to young saplings that are collected from the forest. These are nurtured in the nursery until they are ready for planting at which point they are transported to our second nursery at the reforestation site which can accommodate up to 35,000 trees.

The results from our research feed back into our seedling nursery and replanting protocols to ensure ongoing improvements and increased success of our efforts to reverse the deforestation of Borneo’s tropical rainforests.


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

Community Engagement

As well as our nurseries in the Sebangau Forest, we have established ‘Community Seedling Nurseries’ in nearby villages. We provide training, resources, and ongoing support and advice to build and develop the nurseries. We are committed to buying up to 25,000 seedlings per year from these nurseries, and community nursery scheme members assist with replanting in Sebangau. This initiative has served to engage local communities in rainforest conservation, increase awareness and encourage individual responsibility for reforestation of local habitats and preservation of natural heritage. We create jobs, promote a small-scale green economy, and use local knowledge and skills in furthering our reforestation objectives.

Innovative Technology

Since 2017, we have been using drones to carry out aerial surveys of our reforestation sites to determine the best place to plant trees and monitor the growth of seedlings and saplings. As part of our ‘One Million Trees’ project, we are investigating methods to disperse seeds over large areas using a plane, helicopter or drone flying over the target area.

Youth Education

We provide opportunities for young people to join reforestation activities through our local and international education programmes. Students are provided with hands-on experiences assisting our team with replanting in degraded areas of the forest as well as receiving lessons on how to save the rainforest.

 


        Reforesting burnt areas of
        the Sebangau Forest,
        home to over
        6,000 wild orangutans

 


 

Help us plant 1 MILLION trees in the next 5 years. Just $10 pays for growing and planting 10 trees in burnt areas of Sebangau Forest

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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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