Made up of over 17,000 islands, Indonesia is one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. These islands are home to 12% of the world’s mammals, 16% of the world’s reptiles and amphibians, 17% of the world’s birds and 25% of global fish populations. Among these 17,000 islands, there are 135 threatened mammal species, including the endangered Sumatran Tiger, Orangutans, the Javan Rhinoceros and Sumatran Elephants.
An estimated 40 million rural dwelling Indonesians rely heavily on the biodiversity of their environment for subsistence needs. Traditional fishermen rely on the wetland ecosystems all around the islands, including mangroves, coral reefs and sea grass for their livelihood. In the last 3 decades, Indonesia has lost over 40% of its mangrove forests, affecting not only the environment and the species that rely on them but also the communities that depend on this ecosystem for survival.
Eden Reforestation Projects is working with local villagers on Biak Island to restore, replant, and protect these unique and vital forest systems.
- Located on the northern coast of West Papua, Biak Island is characterized by its tropical climate and extensive coastline.
- Prone to environmental disasters, mangrove restoration on Biak is essential to reduce the effects of flooding, tsunami's and soil erosion. The reforestation of mangrove ecosystems also provides a safe nursery for schooling fish as well as increased livelihoods for the villagers that depends on their environment for survival.
- Prone to environmental disasters, mangrove restoration on these islands are essential to reducing the effects of flooding, tsunami’s and soil erosion