The mangrove forests in Indonesia

Nicolas Van Ingen

Mangrove forests are one of the world’s richest ecosystems and protect the coastline from erosion and storms.
Yet Indonesia’s strong industrialization since the 1960s has led to the loss of forests,
which have been transformed into rice fields, shrimp and prawn production basins,
and intensive palm oil plantations for the high parts.

The North Sumatra province has thus lost 50% of its forest cover.

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The project

Since 2003, Yagasu, an Indonesian association for the preservation of the environment, has been restoring mangrove forests in cooperation with forest area communities. The 2004 earthquake, which had an epicenter located at only 100 kilometers from Aceh’s coast, has made entire villages disappear and caused a historical humanitarian catastrophe. In 2007, the association planted 2000 hectares of mangrove trees with the support of the association Planet Urgence. Since 2011, Yagasu has been committed to planting 5000 additional hectares in partnership with Livelihoods.

Aware of the challenge that preserving and restoring mangrove forests represents, we agreed to support Yagasu with Livelihoods in 2013.

Our engagement

The project cost is 4,326,000 €.
Since 2013, our commitment has totaled 530,000 €.

The impacts

  • 10 000 hectares reforested
  • 32 million trees planted
  • 40,000 villagers involved
  • 4,480,000 tons of carbon sequestered over 20 years
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