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Lore Lindu
National Park

Rattan

Foster Fondation
Maisons du Monde
 


The Lore Lindu National Park is a 229,000 ha conservation area, rich in biodiversity with many species of trees such as Uru, Casuarina, Wanga palm tree, etc.

The fauna is also very diverse; in addition to 64 species of snakes and 96 of endemic birds, it shelters an endemic terrestrial turtle (Indotestudo forstenii), and endangered species of Anoas (Bubalus depressicomis and Bubalus quarlessi).

 

Major issues

 

Indonesia is the biggest rattan supplier in the world, with 85% of rattan global resources growing in Indonesian tropical rain forest. Before 2012, there was a massive and uncontrolled harvest of rattan for export (especially to China), but at the end of 2011 the Indonesian government banned export of raw rattan.

Now, rattan can only be exported in the form of finish products (furniture, crafts, etc.), and not as raw material. However, rattan has a high economic value and is often overexploited. 

It is the case in the outskirts of Lore Lindu National Park, which is suffering from illegal logging of rattan. If adjacent villages like Namo want to secure over time their income from rattan exploitation on which they highly depend, the sustainable management of the resource needs to be established.

 

 

The project and the prospects for change

 

This project, supported by Maisons du Monde, takes place in the village of Namo, in Sigi district, in the north of Sulawesi. Initiated by Man & Nature along with PUPUK and Jambataas local partners, the project seeks to ensure an ecological and economic benefit by fostering a sustainable community-management of the forest and its natural resources. 

Rattan is a non-timber forest product with a high economic value used as a tool for forest conservation in particular because it requires the plantation of other trees to grow up. 

Therefore, the following activities will be implemented : 

  • Increasing of the rattan resource in the community forest by planting rattan ;
  • Promotion of the sustainable use of the resource by training small rattan producers ;
  • Implementation of a community-based forest management plan ;
  • Awareness raising of local populations on biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.

 

Committed partners

PUPUK (Perkumpulan Untuk Peningkatan Usaha Kecil, in English: the association for advancement of small business) is an independent non-profit organization established in 1979, which purpose is to stand for small businesses’ interests, as well as to develop integrated small business empowerment activities in all sectors of the economy.

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To learn more about this project and its 2016 key achievements, please click on this link.

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