The trees have been felled mostly for timber and paper production, and to make space for monoculture plantations. This destruction has disastrous effects for the people and the wildlife living both within and near to the rainforest, which they depend on for their existence.
An example how we work in the area around Sintang:
We made contracts with 610 collectors from 20 villages in West Kalimantan in Indonesia to buy their illipe nuts.
On average, one collector collects the equivalent of 111kg’s of illipe butter per year, from an area of 1,5 to 10 hectares.
Taking the lower number of 111 kgs per 1,5 hectares, buying one 19kg-bucket illipe butter helps to protect an area of 0,25 hectares rainforest.
Our mission is to #StopDeforestation by developing a market for valuable rainforest products that are wild-harvested from the rainforest without damaging it.
We create alternative sources of income from crops such as illipe nuts, kemiri nuts, coconuts, arenga sugar, and wild forest beeswax. We increase the economic value of the remaining forest, and give forest communities a sound incentive for continuing to protect it.
Forestwise brings these rainforest products to Forestwise hubs. Here they are processed into high-quality, valuable products for the cosmetics and food industries, thereby creating #RainforestValue.
Monoculture plantations generate an average revenue of roughly EUR 2000 per hectare per year. We believe this figure can be doubled. In Borneo, money is literally growing on trees for the forest communities.