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Activities to the end of November 2009

This is a report on activities through the end of February 2009.

In this phase we were focusing on planting activities on the site. We planted seedlings in 70 hectares in this phase. We had also conducted series of meetings with the park staff, local government and communities, and local farmer groups had been established. We have conducted several capacity building trainings for partners.

Planting and Community Agroforestry

Seedling preparation

50,000 seedlings were prepared at the transit nursery. All of seedlings were collected and provided by local farmer groups around the park who received benefit from the work.

Seedling preparation

(c) Conservation International, Photo by Anton Ario

Communities farmers group

Before the planting activities, we conducted a series of meetings and consultations with the park staff and the local government to develop a plan and to identify appropriate communities. At least 300 community members had been consulted in the meetings.

Local communities are a main partner of this project. We used a bottom-up process to ensure that a community would have ownership in the project. After collecting information from communities and consulting them, the planning of planting activities began. At least 300 people from communities would participate in the planting activities. The criterion of selection is based on the proximity of land ownership to the park boundary. Eight farmer groups which have from 30 to 37 people in each group were established. In every group there is one group leader and field facilitators. They communicated through their regular and informal meetings.

Communities farmers group

(c) Conservation International, Photo by Anton Ario

Communities farmers group

(c) Conservation International, Photo by Anton Ario

Reforestation

With the local farmer groups and park rangers, we selected the location of planting, conducted mapping, established trails to the planting sites, fertilized soil, made plant holes and distributed the seedlings. About 28,000 seedlings were planted in 70 hectares. In total, 33,000 seedlings were planted in 80 hectares.

After all the seedlings are planted, we will begin monitoring and maintaining activities.

Reforestation
  • (c) Conservation International, Photo by Anton Ario
  • (c) Conservation International, Photo by Anton Ario
  • (c) Conservation International, Photo by Anton Ario

Eco-tourism development

We develop eco-tourism through capacity building of local guide partners.

Eco-tourism is a kind of conservation efforts which supports local people without depending on woods in forests and it can bring alternative income to local people. There is a possibility for them to become a guide (interpreter) of national park. To increase their capacities and knowledge, they need to learn about conservation, particularly on animals, plants and basic ecology.

Eco-tourism development

(c) Conservation International, Photo by Anton Ario

We conducted a training of eco-tourism at the Bodogol Conservation Education Center, located inside the Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park. The participants were park staff, interpreter, communities, and volunteers. We used several methods including presentations, conservation movies, nature games, discussions, and a guided-interpretive-walk through the forest. There were 30 participants participated in the training. Some of them are already decided to be guides at Bodogol Conservation Education Center in Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park.

Seeding preparation

  • Seeding preparation
  • Communities farmers group
  • Communities farmers group
  • Reforestation
  • Reforestation
  • Reforestation
  • Eco-tourism development
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