In northern Sulawesi, Indonesia, there is an increasing demand for Cempaka wood (Elmerrillia ovalis (Miq.) Dandy) as this wood is used as raw materials for traditional houses (knocked down housing) which has proven against natural disasters. There is also an increasing demand for this species from international markets including Middle East. However, the supply of Cempaka wood has been reduced dramatically and the wood industry in the North Sulawesi has faced a big challenge with declined supply of Cempaka wood. Many strategies and actions have been discussed to revitalize the supply of Cempaka wood but there is very limited progress in particular with regard to developing forest community plantations.
The development objective of the project is to sustain Cempaka trees that are an icon species for North Sulawesi community. In particular, the project is to increase the plantation of Cempaka through community participation. The expected outputs of the project are: (i) community capacity in Cempaka plantation development enhanced, (ii) participatory planting of Cempaka by local community increased, and (iii) a policy on Cempaka conservation formulated. These objectives and outputs will be achieved through establishing high quality seed sources, simple nurseries at farmer group levels and establishing demonstration plots at community forests. A series of workshops will be conducted to build good perception and better understanding among stakeholders and to obtain necessary inputs toward drafting government policy on Cempaka utilization and conservation in North Sulawesi Province.