State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth visiting the 1 Million Trees program

As part of his trip to Indonesia in the middle of May, the State Secretary of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Jochen Flasbarth, visited the 1 Million Trees program in Borneo, Indonesia. Within this program, Fairventures has been implementing a project to rehabilitate degraded land with native tree […]

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The Monitoring Season 2017 Has Begun

For four weeks, our team in Borneo was collecting data regarding the development of the newly planted fields including the field mapping. Three teams were in charge of this year´s monitoring of the newly planted fields in Central Kalimantan, our program area. The Sengon trees were counted on the respective fields and the growth development of each […]

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Indonesian Lightwood Cooperation Forum in Jakarta

Fairventures Worldwide organized the first “Indonesian Lightwood Cooperation Forum (ILCF)” on May 13th, 2017, during the biggest furniture fair in Indonesia, the so-called IFEX. Renowned speakers from Indonesia, Germany, Singapore and Switzerland provided insights into topics like product innovation, increase of the value chain and afforestation. Furthermore, the speakers pointed out opportunities for modern wood […]

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An Entire Family Comes Together to Plant Sengon

As the seedling distribution is coming to an end in Talaken, we joined Suadi and Mahuy Bean to deliver 500 seedlings to the field of Hassim and his family. Just a 15 minutes drive with the small Mitsubishi truck filled with bags of seedlings from the nursery and we arrived at their small field: Directly besides the […]

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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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Reporting Live From the Project Villages

My name is Jule Niepmann and I’m lucky to get the opportunity to witness the planting season this year while doing a four months apprenticeship within the 1 Million Trees program on Borneo. Until the end of February, I’m taking a break from my forestry studies in Rottenburg/Neckar to spend time in the program area in Central Kalimantan […]

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“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”*

After the successful production of seedlings in September, further trainings took place last week, combining theoretical and practical knowledge to prepare for the next planting phase. In Luwuk Takau, the forestry specialist Yuda gave detailed instructions on how to plant and take care of the seedlings. More than 30 smallholders, some of them accompanied by their […]

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Change of Management in the 1 Million Trees Program

After 5 years of working successfully in Indonesia, Wolfgang Baum (picture: right side) is returning to Germany to meet new challenges. He is handing over the program management of Indonesia and the 1 Million trees program to his successor Stefan Praßel (picture: left side), who already has arrived in Palangka Raya to start with his […]

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All Good Things Come in Threes – a Field Report by Jean-Philippe Mayland

This summer I had the opportunity  to join the One Million Trees program for the third time in a row in order to follow its development. After initial difficulties to produce good seedlings of the tree species Paraseriantes falcataria (Indonesian “Sengon”), the cycle of 2015/16 started very well. Around 225,000 seedlings were produced in local tree […]

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Smallholders start with vegetable farming

70 smallholders started planting chilies and eggplants in Central Kalimantan. These activities are a part of the project “Intercropping in Planted Forests”. In most cases, the farmers use spaces between existing planted timber trees for the vegetable farming. Other smallholders plant closer to their houses in order to avoid long distance for maintenance and irrigation. […]

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