Fairventures Worldwide and the Borneo Institute have launched the program 1mTrees in 2014 in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. The program supports local communities with the establishment of multi species tree plantings and agroforestry systems. The first timber species is Sengon, or Paraserianthes Falcataria. It grows extremely fast and yields timber after only five to seven years.
The plantings restore degraded barren land that was formerly covered by lush rainforests. The trees stabilize the soil, thus prevent erosion and significantly enhance the carbon stored. The timber and non-timber products grown there bolster the income of local communities and give them an alternative to unsustainable income practices such as logging or gold mining.
Farmers who join the program are provided with seedlings, tools and technical assistance to help them transform their land, but also their whole families’ lives. In addition, market links to companies will help the farmers to sell their products under fair and reliable conditions. Furthermore, the program supports the establishment of a local timber industry processing sustainably planted trees instead of trees out of natural forests. This concept was developed based the role model of the wood industry in Central Java that is already in the midst of such a transformation.
In close collaboration with Fairventures Worldwide, OpenForests is assembling a Forest Information System (more information) which consists of a centralized geo database and an interactive map. These tools are used to collect data about the project progress, including information about the farmers, photos and monitoring data for each management unit. Publishing the project details transparently allows a new level of trust between program partners and donors. The transparency also places farmers and the program team under the obligation to set and adhere to ambitious goals.