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Rehabilitation of degraded lands with native tree species (Paraserianthes falcataria) in Kalimantan, Indonesia

As of: April 2020

Objective and activities

The spread of palm oil plantations in many parts of Indonesia is leading to overuse of the land. As a result, soil quality and biodiversity are declining. The project uses the native tree species Paraserianthes falcataria to restore severely degraded areas in Kalimantan province. The cultivation of the nitrogen-binding legume is a profitable form of land use. This not only strengthens the resilience of the ecosystems, it also improves the economic situation of the rural population. In cooperation with communities and smallholders, a feasibility study will be carried out to cultivate the tree species on an area of at least 300 hectares. Various silvicultural approaches will be tested and optimised, and marketing options for the downstream value chain will be identified and tested. In cooperation with wood-processing companies on the island of Java, product innovations made of lightweight wood will also be developed and the concepts published.

State of implementation/results

Project in implementation
  • Participation in the IKI Networking Workshop of BMU and Ministry for Environment and Forestry on 08.08.19 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Jakarta. Exchange and discussion with other IKI projects and government representatives. Very positive reactions from both groups.
  • Visit of the Social Forestry Department of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in Palangka Raya and Batu Bulan (FVW project area) on 25./26.06.19. Cooperation with municipalities in the project area as an example of an advanced cooperation that can be transferred to other HKms (areas of the Social Forestry Initiative) and that can be used to improve regulations.
  • Joint workshop with working group to accelerate the implementation of Social Forestry in Central Kalimantan, USAID and BIT in HKm on 08.08.19 results in a joint work plan. Topics were Capacity Building, Socialization and Access to Finance.
  • Presentation of the FVW approach in the district of Barito Timur on 09.08.19. Reforestation and development of the light wood industry as an alternative to the further spread of palm oil.
  • Visit of a delegation of the Ministry of Commerce and Forum "Development of the Export potential of lightwood through the cooperation between SIPPO, IPD, Fairventures and local government" on 19./20.08.19. Workshop on the development of the wood processing industry in Central Kalimantan and joint visit of processing companies.
  • The project organized the 3rd Indonesian Lightwood Cooperation Forum in Java, in October 2018. 224 registered participants were informed about trends in the wood sector and attended the foundation of the „Indonesian Timber Council“, an umbrella organization of associations in the wood processing sector.
  • The project was present at the Jakarta Trade Expo in October 2018. The exhibition stand was shared with SIPPO, ILWA, the Indonesian trade ministry and five wood processing enterprises. 122 documented talks were held with interested visitors. The Indonesian president Joko Widoko visited the stand during the trade fair launch and emphasized the importance of products made from fast growing timber species.
  • The project organized the 2nd Symposium „German contributions to FLR“ as a side event to the Global Landscapes Forum in November 2018 in Bonn. 45 registered participants extensively discussed the topic of forest landscapes restoration in the tropics. Contributions were made by employees of BMU, IUFRO, BFH and Ecosia.
  • The project presented the potential of light wood products at an international furniture fair in Jakarta.
  • In the project area in East Kalimantan FWV, UNIQUE and Borneo Institute carried out analyses, field visits and data collection. Furthermore, a system to monitor growth- and survival rates of seedlings was established and FPIC (Free, prior and informed consent) measures were carried out in four villages with 461 small scale farmers participated - 11 farmers were educated in the area of tree nursery and management in Sukabumbi, Westjava. The production of seedlings started in 5 nurseries.
  • The project organized a design competition for lightwood products together with the education facility PIKA Semarang that specialises in the wood sector.

Project data


Implementing organisation:
Fairventures Worldwide FVW gGmbH - Germany

Partner institution(s):
  • Ministry of Environment and Forestry - Indonesia

BMU grant:
1.984.697,65 €

03/2016  till  12/2020



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