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The Durian Rambun project, developed and coordinated by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and other local NGOs, is a REDD+ project protecting the Rio Kemunyang village forest (Hutan Desa) in Jambi.
Project activities include enrichment planting, protection of natural regeneration of native species, tree planting and agroforestry improvement.
The project has 'Hutan Desa' status securing land tenure and community rights for local communities. The overall size of the Hutan Desa is 3,616 ha, with a 2,516 ha protection zone and a 1,100 rehabilitation zone. Estimated carbon benefits are 6,618 tCO2e per annum. Project activities include enrichment planting, tree planting, agroforestry improvement, and the protection of the natural regeneration of native species. The communities are involved through forest patrolling activities and sustainable forest management. This includes the establishment of sustainable enterprises focusing on improving coffee production and onsite processing.
The project aims to protect the habitat of many of the local fauna and flora while at the same time improving the soil quality of the forest. Through avoided deforestation and better forest protection, soil fertility is likely to improve whilst reducing the risk of soil erosion. Moreover, through sustainable forest management, ecosystems will become more resilient, leading to better water quality for local communities and minimising the risk of flooding or drought.
The project has been key in securing rights for participating communities. It also intends to open up diverse income streams for local communities through the sale of non-timber forest products, which will be sustainably managed by local communities. Other project activities include several agroforestry interventions aimed at strengthening local agriculture that will lead to increased food security, better nutrition and health for project participants.
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May 2018 | Fieni Aprilia, as part of UNDP Indonesia, recently visited the Durian Rambun site with an FFI team. In her conversations with the locals, she describes their passion to protect the forest and the ways in which the programme is helping empower women in the community. Read more
2017 | The head of the women’s coffee processing group also reported in 2017 that the activities had resulted in higher social cohesion among women in the village, while observers say that women have gained more of a voice in the village by demonstrating successful implementation of sustainable livelihoods initiatives. Read more