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

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 used 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 was carried out to cultivate the tree species on an area of at least 300 hectares. Various silvicultural approaches were tested and optimised. Marketing options for the downstream value chain were identified and tested. In cooperation with wood-processing companies on the island of Java, product innovations made of lightweight wood were also be developed and the concepts published.

Project data

IKI funding
2,000,503.03 €
03/2016 till 12/2020
Implementing organisation
Fairventures Worldwide FVW gGmbH - Germany
Political Partner
  • Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) - Indonesia

State of implementation/results


  • Project completed.
  • A project extension focusing on the woodworking industry, product innovation, sawing and grading criteria and timber construction standards had started as planned in November 2019.
  • Presentation of innovations and potential of light wood at the "4th Indonesian Lightwood Cooperation" Forum on October 14, 2019 in Yogyakarta. The ILCF, a series of events for stakeholders from industry and public administration initiated by the project, was financed and organized for the first time independently of Fairventures by the Indonesian Ministry of Trade and the Indonesian Lightwood Industry Association (ILWA).
  • Presentation of the project and the application possibilities of lightwood at the Branchentag Holz in Cologne on November 12th and 13th, 2019 in cooperation with the Inport Promotion Desk (IPD) and the organizer GD Holz.
  • Based on the project results, a first private-sector scaling of the afforestation model has been started by Fairventures Social Forestry GmbH in Central Kalimantan. Cooperation agreements for a HkM (community forest) area of 4,000 ha have been concluded and the first 100 ha have been afforested financed by investments.
  • 233 ha have already been afforested with Paraserianthes f. with project funds.

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