Indonesia

  • Indonesia is made up of over 17,000 islands, including Borneo and Sumatra, the third and sixth largest islands in the world. Extensive mangroves, carbon-rich peat swamps and the third largest reserves of rainforests left on Earth are all found across this sprawling archipelago. Recognised globally for its exceptional biodiversity, many rare and unique wildlife such as Sumatran tigers, elephants, orang-utans and over 1,700 species of birds are found here. Your donation will help to restore ecosystems in this biodiversity hotspot that has experienced profound degradation caused by rampant deforestation for palm oil plantations, damaging peat fires, and extensive logging.

  • Our incredible partners in Indonesia are working to ensure balance is restored to forest ecosystems and the local communities that depend on them. Efforts are focused on mobilising support from a coalition of local and international partners to develop nurseries and plant thousands of native trees. Your support will help us make a difference on a number of exciting projects. By planting trees in Indonesia, you’re helping to create vital habitat for orang-utans and endangered wildlife in Sumatra, restore tropical forests that sequester carbon and enhance ecosystem processes in Borneo and offer sustainable livelihood alternatives to farmers through regenerative agroforestry practices.


  • A personalized tree certificate to say thanks for your donation. We’ll also send you updates on our Indonesia projects, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.

  • To ensure your donation makes the biggest impact possible, our partners will determine which species are most appropriate to plant. This includes various types of native and agroforestry species. Depending on the specific habitats being restored, native trees may include durian, dipterocarps, ironwoods, teak and other tropical hardwoods.

DEFORESTATION IN INDONESIA

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Indonesia’s forests are some of the most biodiverse on the planet, home to between 10 - 15 percent of the world’s known plants, mammals, and birds. Despite this, in the last 50 years, more than 74 million hectares of rainforest have been lost here — an area twice the size of Germany. Drivers of deforestation in Indonesia vary from logging, agricultural expansion and operations like mining, and infrastructure expansion. However, by far the greatest threat to Indonesia’s forests comes from conversion of land to palm oil plantations - one of the main ingredients in our soaps, detergents, and makeup.



Deforestation shrinks the habitat of native species like orang-utans, and diminishes a source of shelter, food, and livelihood for millions of people. It’s also bad news for carbon emissions. Peatlands, such as those across Indonesia's lowland rainforests, store a whopping 35 billion tons of carbon. When bulldozed and replaced with plantations, thousands of tons of harmful carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere, contributing to greenhouse gases and increasing the risk of forest fires.


STORIES FROM THE FIELD

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WHY PLANT TREES?

Orangutans in Indonesia

Protect endangered wildlife

Indonesia's forests provide habitat for endangered species such as Sumatran tigers, orang-utans, over 1,500 birds and countless other species.  

Wildfires in Indonesia

Reduce the impact of fires

Young, healthy forests can help suppress future wildfires and reduce the impact of smoke on public health. Help us prevent forest fires from spreading catastrophically. 

Kids in Indonesia

Build communities

Our partners run village-based education programs that teach local people how to achieve conservation while balancing the needs of their community.

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