The Reforestation program not only studies methods to reverse the trend of forest loss, but also provides local communities with opportunities to participate in restoring damaged areas and earn a sustainable income. The process, which provides paid employment for villagers, increases scientific knowledge in preparing, planting, and caring for seedlings, ensuring the area grows into lush, green rain forest.
The ASRI staff primarily works with villagers around a devastated fragment where a logging company illegal cleared over 100 hectares of rainforest several decades ago. Together, we have replaced much of this area in just a few years. ASRI’s second reforestation site is a smaller, but critical “orangutan corridor” – a bridge between larger habitat areas – that allows animals to move freely and breed in the area (link to nests blog post).
With greater resources, we can achieve much more:
- A contribution of just $50 will re-green 25 sq. meters (270 sq. ft.) of damaged rainforest – offsetting around two tons of carbon.
- $200 will offset ten tons of carbon (the lowest level of emissions for a person living in the US) by reforesting 125 sq. meters.