Save Indonesia’s rainforests

  • The Plant Mordant Project’s community-based sustainable harvesting of fallen leaves gives economic incentives for indigenous peoples to maintain primary forests in eastern Indonesia.
  • Where this project has been enacted, communities have passed bylaws protecting Symplocos trees in their forests.
  • The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew has mentored this project in the field and provided lab work to show aluminium levels are highest in the fallen leaves (more than 3% by weight).
  • The Indonesian Forestry Department supports and licenses the project, seeing more value in recruiting communities to guard the forests than in trying to guard forests from local communities.