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Field Report Greeting from Indonesia

October 17, 2011

Greetings from Indonesia

Progress in the reforestation project

Indonesia has entered the rainy season. The dry season is tough on the small saplings, and some that we planted during the first phase of the project had died from disease or drought. In November, we all worked together and finished replacing the saplings so they will grow as large as possible before the arrival of the next dry season.

  • Progress in the reforestation project
    Progress in the reforestation project
  • Progress in the reforestation project

The new land we will replant in the second phase spans an area of 100 hectares. The 75 farmers who used this land have joined us as partners in the project. We held a number of discussions and established five farmer groups, each of which will grow the saplings and, in the long run, will grow the forest together.
We are working with these farmer groups for planning our activities. Reforestation involves a lot of preparation: developing maps, making small roads, preparing soil, digging holes, distributing the saplings, purchasing fertilizers, and so on.

  • Progress in the reforestation project
    Progress in the reforestation project
  • Progress in the reforestation project

We finished replanting 50 hectares of land with the farmer groups and national park rangers in December, and continue to monitor the saplings.

  • Progress in the reforestation project
    Progress in the reforestation project

Pico-hydro power generator and safe water supply

We have decided to install the first pico-hydro power generator, which produces electricity without changing the river flow, and pipes and storage tanks for delivering clean water in the village of Tange.

The water source is located 5 kilometers from the village. We received training at the factory that manufactures the generator, and are preparing for installation.
To succeed in our endeavor to deliver the bounties of the forest directly to the villages, we hold regular meetings with the park staff and the local government—our partners in the project.

Pico-hydro power generator and safe water supply

Pico-hydro power generator and safe water supply

Pico-hydro power generator and safe water supply

Pico-hydro power generator and safe water supply

Javan gibbon

Last month, the Javan Gibbon Center welcomed a young male Javan gibbon that was raised by a family in the province of Banten. The owner received the gibbon from a friend in 2007, and had been keeping it as a pet ever since. It is only five or six years old. The owner says he heard that the Center provides training and rehabilitation so gibbons can return to the wild, and decided to send the gibbon to the Center instead of a zoo. At the moment, the gibbon is isolated from the others to be tested by a veterinarian for any diseases.
Javan gibbons are endangered species that live only on the island of Java. It is certainly important to rehabilitate and release rescued gibbons into the wild. But even more important point is to ensure that they can survive in the forest. To communicate the importance of the forest and the animals that live there, and to get the local communities to work with us to conserve the forest, the project undertakes efforts to provide environmental education, strengthen park management, replant various tree species including fruit trees, and deliver to villages an essential bounty of the forest—water.

About the Javan gibbon
About the Javan Gibbon Center

Javan gibbon

Javan gibbon

Progress in the reforestation project

  • Progress in the reforestation project
  • Progress in the reforestation project
  • Progress in the reforestation project
  • Progress in the reforestation project
  • Progress in the reforestation project
  • Pico-hydro power generator and safe water supply
  • Pico-hydro power generator and safe water supply
  • Pico-hydro power generator and safe water supply
  • Javan gibbon

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