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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Organic Composting Training for Smallholders in Takaras and Bereng Jun

During the last 4 weeks, two training sessions about organic composting techniques for smallholders took place in the project villages of Takaras and Bereng Jun in the Sourthern region of the 1 Million Trees program. The permaculture trainer Jayadi Paembonan demonstrated techniques of composting and explained how farmers can use compost and wood debris to […]

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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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It’s never too late for something new

Ibu Paris is probably the oldest female participant in the 1 Million Trees program. Last year she heard about the activities from her neighbors in Takaras and decided to become a part of the program. Since then the woman in her mid-sixties is a proud member of the farmer groups and works with joy and […]

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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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Nurseries Ramp Up Seedling Production for Upcoming Planting Phase

Based on last year’s good experiences with the establishment of nurseries in the program area, we decided to push this year’s seedling production even closer to our farmers. Instead of four nurseries in the main villages of the program area, we will produce in eight nurseries this year. They are spread strategically across the whole program area, thus […]

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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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Planting Trees – Protecting the Rainforest

One of the central assumptions of 1 Million Trees is that farmers with sufficient income are able to engage in forest protection. This assumption is based on the observation that traditionally the relationship between humankind and forests in Borneo used to be balanced. Only in the 20th century, as the local population grew and more […]

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The Role of Women in the 1 Million Trees Program

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day 2016, with its theme “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”, we would like to put the role of women in the 1 Million Trees program in the spotlight. Whether we are talking about climate change, land right conflicts or rural livelihoods – in […]

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