1 Million trees for Borneo

The Fairventures Worldwide gGmbH headquartered in Stuttgart / Germany is a non-profit organization planting mixed forests on degraded land in the tropics together with their local partner mixed forests. Aim is to create together with local small farmers an economic alternative to deforestation and harmful spread of monocultures.

 

Rural livelihoods in Borneo are threatened mainly by illegal logging, gold mining, and the expansion of monocultures like palm oil. Together with the local population we want to change that. Our program contributes to the protection of Borneo’s rainforests and their biodiversity and creates a new, sustainable source of food and income for the local population.
 
Over the life of the program, Sengon trees will be planted on 1.000 hectares of degraded, formerly deforested areas. Sengon grows very fast and strengthens the soil with its roots. Sengon is a legume, meaning it revitalizes the degraded soil with nitrogen and restores ecosystem services, such as erosion control, improving growth conditions for other types of plants. The improved soils can be used in different ways, such as mixed-timber plantings and agroforestry systems, where trees are integrated with agriculture.

The timber and fruits and vegetables that are produced in such a way, create a new source of food and income for the local population. The program also focuses on local processing companies; helping to keep more profit in the area. Sengon has excellent material properties and is well suited for the making of block-boards and furniture.
The use of fast-growing planted timber in the local wood industry substitutes for timber logged from natural forests, helping to protect Borneo’s rainforests and their biodiversity.

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The Bio-Foundation supports the project financially and with expert knowledge within the project "intercrop concepts in wood plantations" aiming to improve the livelihoods of small farmers.

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