Our planting projects
Our projects not only focus on reforestation, they provide many locals with good paying, stable employment which injects much needed resources into the local communities and done with techniques so as to best reestablish and permanently protect the natural habitats & species of the region.
Indonesia is not only one of the worlds favorite tourism destinations but also one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet and home to about 23% of the world’s mangrove forests. However, in the last 50 years, Indonesia has lost over 40% of its mangrove forests. The effects of deforestation have significantly impacted indigenous communities, who are often the first to feel the negative effects of climate change.
40 million people live below
the poverty line
80% of Indonesia's original forests have been lost
How it started
In 2017, work began to restore mangrove forests in Indonesia. By initiating meetings with local leaders, planting sites were identified and the local community’s needs were greatly considered. The leaders on Biak Island had already realized an urgent need for forest restoration and had independently launched a small-scale mangrove reforestation effort. Recognizing the potential for large-scale restoration, they partnered with Eden Reforestation Projects to initiate mangrove reforestation projects. This paved the way for them to launch projects and hire local community members to start planting on Biak Island in West Papua.
How it's going
After only one year, planting efforts far exceeded initial expectations, with over 1.7 million trees planted by the local communities. Since then, expansion has led to a total of fifteen project sites in several remote islands and the mainland of West Papua. Through reforestation and agroforestry programs, hundreds of people living in extreme poverty are given new opportunities for economic self-sufficiency and food security.
30+ million trees have now been produced, planted & protected
520+ employees have been empowered with fair wages