Projects we SUPPORT
For every ticket sold at the festival we will plant a tree and support the following program in Central Kalimantan.
In recent few years Kalimantan has experienced massive deforestation. In Central Kalimantan specifically, from 15,3 millions HA, only 2,3 millions HA which is left for field, public facilities and villages while the rest is given to mining and palm oil expansion. This triggers so many problems such as climate change, natural disaster and also social conflict.
JPIC (Justice Peace Integrity of Creation) Kalimantan and SVD Central Kalimantan District has been involving in environmental and human right advocacy to restore the ecology system and also strengthen the economic condition in the villages. In last five years JPIC and SVD Kalteng has tried to build ecology pilot projects by planting the trees with cultural, ecologic and economic value. One of the locations is in Sepang Kauta village, Sepang District, Gunung Mas Regency, Central Kalimantan. There is 8 HA which has been planted with rubber trees, gaharu, sengon etc.
Ranu Welum Foundation has committed to support this ecology center by donating 150 baby trees every month and also support the cost of maintaining.
Borneo Nature Foundation
Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF) is a not-for-profit conservation and research organisation. BNF works to protect some of the most important areas of tropical rainforest and to safeguard the wildlife, environment and indigenous communities on Borneo.
Throughout BNF’s programmes, they support and empower community-led initiatives to protect forest and biodiversity, including anti-logging patrols, fire-fighting teams, environmental education and the replanting and restoration of damaged forests. All field programmes include high-quality scientific research as a basis for protecting and managing forests, and BNF has particular expertise in monitoring the distribution, population status, behaviour and ecology of Borneo’s flagship ape species; the endangered orangutan and southern Bornean gibbon. BNF provides training and capacity building for local students, researchers and conservation-area managers, and work with a number of local partners to implement successful conservation projects.
Their longest running programme, the Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project (OuTrop), was founded in 1999. The BNF team identified the Sabangau Forest as home to the largest orangutan population in lowland Borneo, bringing the region to the forefront of orangutan conservation efforts and resulting in the award of National Park status in 2004.
In Barito Ulu, BNF has adopted the management of the former University of Cambridge research station, one of the longest-running research programmes in Kalimantan. This site is in a critical region in the south of the Heart of Borneo landscape and has been used for orangutan reintroductions.
The Rungan River Orangutan Conservation Programme is BNF’s newest programme, where they are working with local stakeholders with the aim to protect 156,000 hectares of forest within a multi-use landscape; containing one of the largest populations of orangutans outside of protected areas on Borneo.
Alongside these programmes BNF works with a wide range of partners throughout Kalimantan to survey biodiversity, make recommendations on forest management, support conservation efforts and advise on national and international strategies to protect the natural habitats and wildlife.
Borneo Nature Foundation’s Canal Blocking Project
The biggest long-term problem inside Borneo’s peat-swamp forests is drainage, the artificial construction of canals inside the forest that causes the peat to dry out and sends the fire-risk skyrocketing. Although most peat-swamp forests are now protected in Kalimantan, under the Indonesian government’s moratorium on conversion of peatlands, they remain threatened by the long-term consequences of rampant illegal logging and failed development programmes during the 1990’s and early 2000’s. A network of large canals were dug to drain the peatland for agricultural projects that have long-since failed. Inside the forest, illegal loggers cut narrow channels into the peat to float out felled timber, there are hundreds of them inside the Sabangau Forest alone, several stretching over 10km into the forest. These channels remain long after the immediate problem has been solved, and drain the once water-logged peat every dry-season.
In their natural state these forests are permanently flooded and new peat accumulates, but when the peat is drained it dries out, oxidises and degrades, putting the whole ecosystem at risk. The crumbling peat surface undermines shallow-rooted trees, and little water is retained in the peat by the end of the dry season. Dried peat is highly flammable and fires frequently break out in the forest margins and the surrounding sedge swamp, sometimes burning large areas.
Borneo Nature Foundation works to solve this problem by blocking illegal-logging channels. This slows the rate of dry-season drawdown, thus retaining water in the system, raising the water-table and keeping the peat wetter for longer; it keeps forest litterfall in the ecosystem, filling the canals in naturally; and the dams discourage people from entering the forest to remove more timber. We are building dams on each of the 24 mapped canals in the northern Sabangau Forest, built primarily using sustainable natural materials by teams from the local village. We aim to build a dam every 50m for the first kilometre and every 100-200m inland from the river.
These dams are overplanted with vegetation to create a permanent, living dam. The dammed canals are monitored regularly by measuring water flow rate and water tables, and checking and repairing dams as necessary.
The TRI story started with a red bandana that my dad carried in his pocket since 1995. He picked it up as a souvenir after hiking in Seoraksan National Park in Korea. The bandana has a map of the national park on it. My dad collected them from each of the national parks he visited when he used to live in Korea. At the time, he just thought they made cool souvenirs, but he got into the habit of carrying them and realized how often they came in handy. As my dad loves forests and trees, his pet peeve is wasting single-use tissues to do things like drying hands after washing, wiping your face when eating, etc.
“My favourite red bandana became like a talisman that I carried with me wherever I went, reminding me and connecting me to the forests I love, and making me more conscious of how I consumes” –Ben’s dad.
When I got to be old enough to think about earning pocket money, my mom started to encourage me to make a similar sort of product.
“Why don’t you make handkerchiefs like the one appa carries, Ben? Only with tourists maps of Bali. You’ll sell lots of them!” The idea didn’t really stick, but my mom reminded me of it now and then over the course of a couple of years. And then, when I reached grade 8 and it was time to come up with a project for my ‘Quest’ presentation, the idea popped up again.
At Green School Bali, where I go to school, students have to present a project related to sustainability or social justice to the school community in order to graduate from middle school. I thought promoting handkerchiefs might be a good way of getting people at Green School to stop wasting paper tissues to dry their hands in the bathrooms. But I still wasn’t convinced it was the right idea.
The birth of our brand
That December, on a family trip to Nepal, we came across a handkerchief in a shop with a map of Annapurna, the mountain range that we were about to go trekking in. Of course, my dad bought the handkerchief and together with my big brother, JJ, and my parents, we sipped sweet hot Nepali milk tea and brainstormed on a brand concept.
“GREENkerchiefs!!” my dad suggested… “LAME!” JJ said, “It’s gotta sound more cool, more hipster, more compact. How about LRX, like appa’s favourite Dr. Seuss book.”, ”nah, that’s taken.” Then I thought of “TRI”. It sounds like ‘tree’, but could be something else too. JJ pitched in, “hashtag, ‘chiefs for change!!!” It stuck.
A few days later, my dad realized “TRI” could also be like Tri Hita Karana, Bali’s beautiful philosophy about the three causes for happiness or prosperity: harmony with humans, harmony with nature, harmony with Spirit.
As we had been thinking about using the money we would make from selling ‘chiefs to support indigenous organizations that were protecting trees, it seemed right to have a brand that connected with our values and Bali, our adopted home that we love.
Ransel Buku is an educational project that brings environmental education through books reading, led group discussions and games to children at river bank villages in Central Kalimantan. This project runs by the support of village elders, parents, fellow volunteers, professional photographer David Metcalf, donors and others who believe that it is the responsibility of everybody to support access to education for better future.
Education is a fundamental human right and essential in promoting empowerment so one can reach his full potential. However there are still many children who are deprived from access to education, often as a result of poverty. Remote river side villages in Central Kalimantan are some of many look alike around the globe. Amongst the many issues, these places are geographically challenged, have poor infrastructure; low human resources; not to mention limited access to good quality books.
In Ransel Buku we believe that through good quality books, dreams of change for the better future can be nurtured. We have been bringing this service to more than 500 children around the area since 2009. We successfully built our first community learning centre & first child friendly library at Kelurahan Petuk Katimpun in May 2016. We are supporting children to continue their education to high schools through our scholarship program. Starting in January 2017, we will run our latest literacy program through our floating library project to 5 villages on the Kahayan and Rungan River.
In april 2018 we opened our second learning centre in Marang Village and have started to introduce Sekolah Adat, cultural teaching program bringing the elders from the Indigenous communities together with the children to learn from the past, and tap into Indigenous wisdom.