Greetings from Indonesia
The "green wall" reforestation project, which we have worked on for three years starting in 2008, was extended for three years from June 2011! In the past three years, we planted 80,000 seedlings of native tree species and 10,000 seedlings of fruit trees in 200 hectares of land. In the next three years, we will maintain these seedlings and will reforest an additional 100 hectares of adjacent land. We will also start activities to deliver clean water and electricity to improve community life.
Indonesia entered the dry season in July, and we could not plant or replant seedlings for some time. During this period, we have been holding meetings with the local communities, the staff of Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park, and the local government to discuss our activities of the next three years. We have also started a survey on new 100 hectares of land to be reforested.
Progress in the reforestation project
We believe the most vital element to succeed in forest restoration and conservation is the understanding and participation of local people. From April to June, we visited two villages in addition to local schools, and used videos to communicate the importance of forest conservation. We received the participation of a total 150 residents.
Targeting The Earth Day on the April 22nd, we held a drawing contest for elementary school students at the Bodogol Conservation Education Center. The forests of Gunung Gede supply the local people water. Through their drawings, the students learned the importance of protecting these forests.
Gunung Gede is home to the precious tropical forests remaining in the island of Java—a last sanctuary for the animals found only here. The forests, which provide us water and many other services, are not made up of trees alone. Without animals to spread pollen and seeds, or fungi or insects to decompose and eat leaves, the trees that form the forests would eventually die out. These creatures that support the trees, in turn, depend on other life forms for their own survival.
To protect these forests, it is important to understand how animals use the forests. With the staff of Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park, we have surveyed wildlife with a focus on Javan leopard, and plan to extend our activities to Javan gibbon. The data collected are going to be important input for the management of the national park.
In May, we studied the lifestyles of people in Nagrak village, where we conduct our project activities. Most of the households depended on the land within Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park, and about 60% farmed for a living. The major crop was cassava.
Our project had introduced the concept of agroforestry, combining the cultivation of customary crops like cassava, which already generates a short-term income, with the cultivation of fruit trees, which generates a sustainable long-term income. We will continue to help the local people to acquire their needed skills and capacity so that the fruit they will harvest to enrich local community life.
In May, we set up a new signboard with the names of customers who contributed to environment by using Daikin air conditioners by energy save mode. Everyday, many people pass by for forest maintenance and farming work and see the signboard inscribed with a larger number of customers' names that contacted Daikin for this project.