Are wood products good for the climate? A life cycle assessment (LCA) of Sengon plywood

  Wood is regarded as an ecologically very sustainable material and usually has a negative CO2 balance, since it serves as a natural carbon pool. Especially in the construction sector, for example in comparison to aluminum, steel or lightweight concrete, which have relatively high CO2 emissions[1] per m3, wood can offer a sustainable alternative. As […]

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How every company can take action against climate change

  The protection of the environment and the climate are the most urgent challenges of our time. This opinion is reflected in a Europe-wide survey in which EU citizens stated that climate change is a „serious“ (93%) or „very serious“ problem (79%).  For consumers, sustainability is therefore in many cases no longer a nice-to-have, but […]

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Smallholder Midie – A Short Portrait

The field of smallholder Midie, a new participant of the One Million Trees program, is located between the villages of Talaken and Samui. During the actual planting phase he received the seedlings of Sengon from the nursery in Samui for the first time. He will complement his variety of cassava, bananas, ginger and bamboo with the new […]

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A Test Field for Biodiversity

With the support of the consultants from Unique forestry and land use GmbH, forestry specialist Yuda Prawira and community officer Panduh Tukat have started establishing a survey plot on a field just outside of the village of Talaken. It will serve as a closely monitored source of data on tree species that will potentially be […]

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Soil and Its Composition – an Insight into Our One Million Trees Program

Soil? Isn’t it just ground and dirt? Not at all, because in fact it is an underestimated part of ecosystems, which determines whether plants are thriving or shrinking. Besides light, soil is the most important requirement for the growth of seedlings as it is also a source for water and nutrients. Ground textures and various types […]

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Background Palm oil plantation: Deprivation from nature

The biodiversity of Borneo’s rainforest is changing into a huge monoculture due to the increasing industry of palm oil, which endangers the ecological balance. The elimination of attendant vegetation with herbicides (roundup) disturbs the food chain of living creatures. One concession of a palm-oil plantation measures approximately 10.000 hectare, so the fields seem to have […]

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Background Gold mines: The curse of depletion

The business of gold mining is an easy opportunity for a lot of people in Borneo to earn money. But the biggest share of the profit is destined for Jakarta or even foreign countries, and consequently the local workers only receive a small amount of what is left. One can easily notice the lack of […]

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Uganda: Moringa for all

With the introduction and cultivation of the fast-growing and nutrient-rich Moringa tree, the project can be seen as an important contribution in the fight against poverty and hunger. Our local partner, TECOMA, trains the local population in the cultivation, harvesting and the use of the “miracle tree” Moringa. Moringa products such as powder, fresh and dry […]

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Moringa project in Lokichoggio: Steps towards sustainability

In the fifth training at the end of February, TECOMA trainer George William and project manager Isaac Githu finalized the sustainability strategy of the project and trained the trainees in their role as multipliers. We successfully implemented the theory in practice: The trainees visited schools, health centers and community meetings in order to inform adults, […]

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