Dez, 23 2020

Feasibility Study: Rehabilitation of Degraded Land with Native Tree Species in Kalimantan

Project Description

Clearance and transformation of primary forests for agro-industrial production (particularly palm oil) in Kalimantan are responsible for high carbon emissions and has drastic effects on biodiversity and ecosystem services. After only a few planting cycles, soils are left heavily degraded and barren. The current challenges include the need to halt forest loss along buffer zones and to rehabilitate large deforested areas.

With the use of the native species Albasia (Paraserianthes Falcataria, Indon. Sengon), the aim of the project was to rehabilitate heavily degraded areas whilst creating an economically profitable land-use alternative to the establishment of palm oil plantations. At the same time, the project focused on the restoration of ecosystem services alongside the improvement of the rural population’s economic situation.

Within the framework of this feasibility and demonstration study, Paraserianthes f. were planted in cooperation with communities and smallholders on an area of at least 300 ha within different systems. In the process, different silvicultural approaches were tested and optimized, and marketing opportunities along the value chain were identified and explored. In cooperation with industrial partners on Java, innovative products made from lightwood species were developed and communicated to the wood processing sector.

This project is part of the International Climate Initiative ( The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag. Further information also available on the IKI website.

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Project Duration

03/2016 – 06/2020

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