Indonesia, one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet

Made up of over 17,000 islands, Indonesia is one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. These islands are home to 12% of the world’s mammals, 16% of the world’s reptiles and amphibians, 17% of the world’s birds and 25% of global fish populations. Bambooks partner Eden Reforestation Projects is working with local villagers on Biak Island and West Java to restore, replant and protect these unique and vital forest systems.

WHY INDONESIA?

Because of a tsunami. In 1996, Biak was hit hard by a tsunami caused by an 8.2 earthquake that jolted the island. They are still recovering from it.

The small coastal mangrove buffers were hit hard. They would like to restore the mangroves impact. This catastrophe is largely responsible for the deforestation alongside the coast.

Thanks to Bambookers the trees are planted here:

– To restore the small coastal mangrove buffers and the impact
– To replant and protect the unique and vital forest systems.

THE IMPACT OF TREES

1.716.500 TREES PLANTED
17.165 work days
created

Providing villagers with money to take care for their family
Absorbing carbon
1.716.500 TREES PLANTED
Providing villagers with money to take care for their family
17.165 work days
created

Absorbing carbon
Restore the mangroves impact in Indonesia

Steve Fitch (CEO, Eden projects) went to Indonesia to get in contact with the people there. They had meetings that were all about developing meaningful relationships with the key leaders and the village workers.

Steve met some of the people in Biak. In the two villages Eden Projects is working, there are almost only subsistence farmers and fishers. They had no income at all. The key leaders specifically were school teachers. The weird thing is that they hadn’t been paid by the government for over nine months. So they were desperately looking for a way to continue their lives. To help the next generation but also the care for their own family.

The impressive thing is that they were already working with an own initiative: a mangrove reforestation effort because they were concerned. So before Eden Projects showed up, they were already doing something but financially they couldn’t function. It was easy to talk to them because we can help each other.

That is the best Eden launch we’ve ever had and it’s still growing.

One year of planting

After one year of work in Indonesia, they have actually outpaced our initial expectations and hopes. We’ve already planted over 1.4 million trees in the first year! That is the best Eden launch we’ve ever had and it’s still growing. Now we’re talking about expanding from the little Biak Island to the mainland New Guinea. We hope to plant more trees in the future. We’re excited to see more of Indonesia!

David’s story

David is also very thankful for Eden Projects. David and his wife were waiting for the birth of their second child. Because of complications, the midwife informed David that his wife needed an emergency C-section or it might cost the life of his wife and their unborn child.

Without thinking twice, David went to the public hospital in the city where his wife could safely give birth. David used his entire savings to pay for the hospital bill and the rental car to and from the hospital, but he was thankful that he had savings in the first place. He said that if it were not for his employment with Eden Reforestation Projects, his job as a teacher would not have provided enough money for emergencies savings. He realized that without having that money he may have lost his wife and his child.

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