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February 1, 2013

Greetings from Indonesia

Progress in the reforestation project

Land, that has lost large trees to block the harsh sun, is directly exposed to the severe conditions of the dry season. The seedlings planted for reforestation repeat a cycle of withstanding the dry season and growing in the rainy season, and acquire the strength to survive. In November, Indonesia entered the rainy season which is a welcome season for the seedlings survived the last dry season. About 25% of the seedlings we planted in the 250 hectares of land, unfortunately, could not survive. The seedlings in the picture were newly collected to replace the dead ones.

  • Progress in the reforestation project
Progress in the reforestation project

The project purchases seedlings not only from participating farmers but also from farmers not participating directly in the project. It provides a precious income for these farmers.

In November, we first replanted trees of native species. Then, in December, we replanted fruit trees. The total number of replanted saplings reached 25,000.

  • Regular meeting with local communities
    Regular meeting with local communities
  • Replanting saplings
    Replanting saplings
  • Trees that have grown tall
    Trees that have grown tall

The nursery is an important facility where the seedlings are collected and grown. The one used in the project are made of bamboo, so regular repairs are necessary. We changed the frame of old bamboo into new one before entering the rainy season.

  • Progress in the reforestation project
Progress in the reforestation project

Community agroforestry development

The project helps local communities to live comfortably without damaging the forest, by developing alternative income such as livestock raising, freshwater aquaculture, and sustainable agriculture. Farmers are growing crops they have chosen themselves, like ginger, common beans, and cucumbers to sell for good prices at the market. They have harvested batches of bright green cucumbers and taken them to the market.

  • Harvesting cucumbers
    Harvesting cucumbers
  • Preparing cucumbers for selling at the market
    Preparing cucumbers for selling at the market

Biodiversity survey

In partnership with our partner NGO SEMAK and the national park staff, we continue our biodiversity survey using camera trap method. In November, one of these cameras captured a surprising picture. It found a dhole (Cuon alpinus), a very rare species of dog which had not been observed in a long time and was believed to be extinct in Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park! Although the picture is not complete one, it shows the features of the dhole. The island of Java has lost many wild animal habitats. But the survey results helped us to realize the significance of protecting the forest of Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park again.

  • Biodiversity survey
Biodiversity survey

Meanwhile, we welcomed some visitors from Indonesia and from abroad and introduced our work to them. Our guests from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and from the Swedish Ministry of the Environment seem to have felt Green Wall was a practical and effective project. The staff of Gunung Ciremai National Park, in West Java, also came together with members of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). We hope that efforts for protecting and restoring forests with local communities will spread widely.

  • Introduction to Green Wall
    Introduction to Green Wall
  • Presentation of commemorative gifts to local farmers
    Presentation of commemorative gifts to local farmers
  • Discussion with the staff of Gunung Ciremai National Park and JICA
    Discussion with the staff of Gunung Ciremai National Park and JICA
  • Group shot with the staff of Gunung Ciremai National Park and JICA
    Group shot with the staff of Gunung Ciremai National Park and JICA

Jamu

The people of Indonesia enjoy a variety of traditional medicines and beverages made with local plants every day. Especially, a healthy traditional drink called jamu, are enjoyed in not only Java but also in many other islands of Indonesia. In the village, women prepare the jamu, bottle it, carry the bottles in a basket, and visit each house to sell it. Not only adults, children also love jamu!

  • Jamu
Jamu

Progress in the reforestation project

  • Progress in the reforestation project
  • Regular meeting with local communities
  • Replanting saplings
  • Trees that have grown tall
  • Pico-hydro power generator and clean water
  • Harvesting cucumbers
  • Preparing cucumbers for selling at the market
  • Biodiversity survey
  • Biodiversity survey
  • Presentation of commemorative gifts to local farmers
  • Discussion with the staff of Gunung Ciremai National Park and JICA
  • Group shot with the staff of Gunung Ciremai National Park and JICA
  • Jamu

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