Laman Satong – Indonesia
Laman Satong is a REDD+ project developed and coordinated by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) in West Kalimantan, Borneo. The project has been developed according to the principles laid out under the Plan Vivo Standard and is pending registration (est. Q2, 2016).
The project focuses on the conservation of 654 ha protected forest land within a 1,070 ha village forest which has been under immense pressure of conversion to plantation agriculture. About 2,400 people in Laman Satong and other neighbouring villages rely heavily for water supply, non-timber forest products and other ecosystem services. The village forest which was once logged for timber and cleared for rice fields is dominated by secondary forest, mixed trees and scrubs and is now protected from clearing under customary rules.
FFI has collaborated with the Laman Satong village and local partners to develop a REDD+ project that protects the forest as a legally-recognised village forest through a government-granted license 'Hutan Desa' that gives the community the right to sustainably manage and benefit from the forest area for the next 35 years.
Aside from working with the Indonesian government to secure forest rights for the communities, the project has implemented regular patrolling and monitoring by village community teams to ensure forest and biodiversity protection. Furthermore, the project will provide saplings of native and naturalised tree species, planting materials, and guidance on sapling husbandry to restore secondary forest and fallow fields, with the aim of sustainably meeting demand for firewood and timber.
The most valuable service provided by the forest is water provision. Through the sustainable management of forests, communities will have better availability of water of improved quality. Moreover, the forest provides habitat for many IUCN-listed threatened species, including the Bornean white-bearded gibbon and the Rusty Brown Diperocarp Tree which will be protected through forest conservation. Other species present in the forest include six hornbill species, great argus pheasants, Malayan box turtles and Southeast Asian soft-shell turtles.
Livelihood activities include agroforestry and guidance on how to improve agricultural productivity to increase non-wood products, such as marketable fruits and vegetables. With FFI’s help, the community is striving to increase and diversify crop production in existing rubber-based agroforestry gardens, upland and rain-fed rice fields, and fallows surrounding the protected forest area. Investments in diversifying livelihoods and increasing productivity will increase financial resilience, further strengthening the community’s long-term commitment to its sustainable land-use plan.
Location: West Kalimantan, Indonesia
Area under Management: 654 ha of protected forest and 1,017 ha village forest
Participants: 1 village community
PIN accepted December 2012
Validation closed, Pending Registration
Registration est. Q2 2016
Coordinator: Fauna & Flora International