Production forests in the province of Bengkulu, Indonesia have been severely degraded during last 20 years. The degraded forest lands have been reached to about 140 thousand ha or about 62% of the province’s production forests. This high degradation rate was caused by illegal logging, lack of land rehabilitation and protection activities, lack of sustainable income sources, lack of social awareness of forest functions and poor law enforcement.
The project aims to contribute to the sustainable management of tropical forests in the province of Bengkulu through rehabilitation of degraded forest lands with promising indigenous species. The rehabilitation of degraded forest lands, which is the main activity of the project, will be carried out by local communities in the project site. The specific objectives of the project are: (i) to implement suitable technology for the production of high quality planting materials of locally adapted species for plantations; and (ii) to improve stakeholders’ involvement and community development through successful plantations of local indigenous species. The project will hold consultations with local communities to mobilize their participation in many project activities and carry out extension services to improve institutional capacity, community awareness and coordination for SFM in the province. Expected outputs of the project are: (i) seed sources of indigenous species identified and suitable technology for seeds collection and processing developed; (ii) technical guidelines for forest plantation with the selected species developed and disseminated; (iii) high quality planting materials produced and distributed; and (iv) community-based forest plantation models developed.