TreeSisters Planting Projects

Borneo, Indonesia



In Partnership with Health in Harmony

An introduction to the project and Health in Harmony

Location: Gunung Palung National Park in Indonesia Borneo

The new planting project will be reforesting over 50 hectares of the
outer fringes of pristine peat swamp forests of Gunung Palung National Park in the Gunung Mentubang area, located in Indonesian Borneo.

The park is home to a nearly complete inventory of all of Borneo's fauna, including many rare, protected and/or endemic species. 

It is a critical habitat for approximately 2,500 orangutans from the 54,000 (approximate) remaining orangutans in Borneo. In addition to the incredible biodiversity and a massive carbon sink, the park also contains the headwaters to the region’s main source of drinking water.  

Through this partnership, we aim to plant at least of 34,100 trees per year and for five years. The trees planted will be a strategic combination of native trees - 90% will be peat swamp species, mostly endangered or critically-endangered dipterocarps. 10% will be local varieties of native fruit tree planted on harder soil next to the river. These will provide food for communities and wildlife. 



Photos of the Borneo project courtesy of Health in Harmony

~ Ibu-Sba with a goat, part of the Goats for Widows program
~ Seedlings in a tree nursery
~ Sunset over a mountain in Gulung Palung National Park
~ Chelsea planting a seedling at the site
~ An orangutan in the park

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Reforesting this area is vital for the health of Borneo’s rainforest habitat. The deep peat forests serve as a carbon sink, and mitigate flooding and tidal salinity that damages coastal farmlands. This habitat diversity means that an unprecedented array of plants and animals live in a relatively small area. The park is home to a nearly complete inventory of all of Borneo's fauna, including many rare, protected and/or endemic species. It is a critical habitat for approximately 2,500 orangutans from the 54,000 (approximate) remaining orangutans in Borneo. In addition to the incredible biodiversity and a massive carbon sink, the park also contains the headwaters to the region’s main source of drinking water.  

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