How farmer education is paving the way for conservation and restoration
AtSource+ metrics to track progress:
- Forest Loss Risk Index (FLRI) (%)
- Number of shade trees distributed
Tropical Indonesia is home to some of the most unique wildlife in Asia, including the native Java gibbon - the world’s most threatened primate - and the Java hawk-eagle, which lives in the shade of rainforest canopies. These endangered species are now at risk of severe habitat loss caused by increasing human development
To tackle deforestation and habitat loss, Olam developed the Forest Loss Risk Index (FLRI), which identifies deforestation risk hotspots and assigns an individual risk weighting to each farmer group using AtSource+. This allows ofi and its customers to target interventions where they are needed most and track progress, for example the number of trees distributed.
Since 2015, we have trained more than 1,100 farmers working in the Ciwidey and Garut forests of Indonesia to identify and protect these endangered animals on and around their farmland. We have also demarcated some 1,191 hectares of land as safe zones for endangered animals, in support of the Indonesian Government’s conservancy plan.
Mr Aca, a coffee farmer living near the habitats of Java hawk-eagle and Java gibbons, has felt the benefits of this training: “I had never seen these animals before, but now I know and if they come to my farm, I just let them be. I’ve learned that they live just beside the mountain, near my farm, and sometimes we even hear them!”