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'Heart of Borneo' Forest Conservation Initiative, Succow Foundation Portion/Restoration of Peatswamp Forests in Central Kalimantan

As of: September 2021

The purpose of the project was to support the protection of natural carbon stocks through forest conservation and to create natural carbon sinks through afforestation in West Kalimantan. New park zonation and alternative options for community-based forest management were developed to minimise forest loss and degradation caused by slash-and-burn agricultural practices in the buffer zone of the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya (BBBR) national park. In collaboration with an adjacent private forestry company, forests of high conservation value were identified and secured as conservation areas. In two national parks, Danau Sentarum and Betung Kerihun, community-based afforestation measures were carried out to reconnect hitherto isolated and degraded forest areas.

State of implementation/results

  • Project completed
  • A method developed for estimating carbon losses
  • Capacity development regarding carbon calculation
  • Participative zonation and nature conservation planning
  • Implementation of community park and buffer zone management
  • Development and implementation of community conservation agreements in five communities, three more in preparation
  • Integration of project results and concepts into different planning documents of the relevant districts
  • Park patrols against illegal activities in the national park
  • Restoration of 502 ha forest area by reforestation with mixed cultures (hardwood, fruit and caoutchouc trees)
  • Promotion of alternative income possibilities through planting caoutchouc trees and the implementation of agroforestry systems
  • Awareness rising and capacity building of local communities

Project data


Implementing organisation:
KfW Entwicklungsbank

Political partner(s):
  • District Government of Kapuas Hulu, Sintang and Melawi - Indonesia

Implementing partner(s):
  • World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - Germany
  • World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - Indonesia

BMU grant:
870.055,00 €

08/2009  till  03/2013


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