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“Forests for the Air” Project: To Conserve and Nurture Forests for a Bright Future

Indonesia: Gunung Gede Pangrango National ParkReforestation in Indonesia

Where is the Project Site?

The island of Java in Indonesia is one of the most densely populated tropical islands in the world. Over the past few decades, agriculture and other human activities have resulted in the disappearance of most of the forests that once covered this island. The last remaining forest area, on the west of Java, has been preserved as the Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park, and it is home to many endangered wild animals. This forest performs the vital function of providing water to surrounding villages and five municipalities including Jakarta. But there still continues to be illegal entry and occupation of the Park, as well as illegal logging, all of which place countless burdens on the wildlife living here.

What’s the Project About?

Many of the farmers living around Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park are poor. Daikin began activities here in 2008, not only planting trees in degraded land, but also trying to provide locals with alternative forms of income such as agroforestry and ecotourism. The aim is to ensure long-term protection of the forest and a stable economy for locals without having to depend on cutting down trees. The project also aims to use the water and electricity provided by the forest to improve the living environment of communities. This project has garnered a reputation for promoting understanding of the importance of nature, and for allowing locals themselves to protect and rejuvenate forests on an ongoing basis.

© Conservation International/photo by Anton Ario

Local Wildlife: Javan Gibbon Hylobates moloch

This endangered species is unique to Java. The Java Gibbon is a diurnal species that mainly lives in trees and moves about by using its arms to swing from branch to branch.

“A Word from Daikin Staff”

Rieska Tania
Marketing Assistant Manager
PT Daikin Airconditioning Indonesia

Rieska Tania Marketing Assistant Manager PT Daikin Airconditioning Indonesia

I am extremely pleased to be a member of Daikin participating in this program aimed at contributing to solving global problems such as climate change, poverty, and education.
The project in Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park, which started in 2008, benefits many people: not only residents in the immediate area but also people like me living in Jakarta since it helps protect valuable water resources.
Our company sends employees to the project site to do volunteer work such as planting trees. We began doing this because we thought it would be a good chance for employees to think about environmental problems. I hope that each and every one of our employees will strive to take care of the environment and that this consideration on their part will lead to Daikin selling more energy-efficient products.

“A Word from Field Staff”

Anton Ario
Gede Pahala Program Manager
Conservation International - Indonesia

Anton Ario Gede Pahala Program Manager Conservation International - Indonesia

Since 2008, CI’s green wall program in Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park has been supported by Daikin. The program gets directly to the heart of the matter and has had a positive impact on both park management and local communities. The progress in the field has become more apparent year by year, and the barren land has now become green. I am proud to be a part of this program. There are moments that make my heart tremble when I see the smiles and happiness on the faces of people in local communities when they get clean water, something that they have long needed. At times like this, my fatigue disappears and is instantly replaced with self-satisfaction, and it makes my dream, and the dreams of the local community, come true. All of this has been made possible because of full support from Daikin.

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