Ecosystem Restoration Concessions (ERC) for Tropical Rainforest Conservation in Indonesia, Bukit Tigapuluh, Jambi Province, Sumatra

Detailed description of project:

The Bukit Tigapuluh Ecosystem has an extraordinarily high degree of biodiversity. It is renowned as one of the last refuges of many species of endangered wildlife, home to over 59 species of mammals, six species of primates, 192 species of birds and various butterfly species. The ecosystem is the only orang-utan re-introduction area in Sumatra and the largest orang-utan habitat outside the Leuser Ecosystem of Aceh, and is an important habitat for the Sumatran tiger, Sumatran elephant and the Asian tapir.

The objective of the project is to conserve endangered forests through appropriate land-use management strategies in selected areas in the Bukit Tigapuluh Landscape to maintain important carbon stocks, conserve exceptional biodiversity, and supporting the environment of the forest dependent indigenous communities.

The expected results are:

  • Effective management of the project area through effective ERC management or alternative appropriate land-use management strategies is developed;
  • Pilot measures of forest restoration are implemented;
  • Market links and a sustainable finance concept for ERC management are developed;
  • Village land use and development plans are agreed in a participatory way and implemented with local communities in and around the ERC;
  • Monitoring Systems for selected biodiversity, forest cover and the social economic situation of target communities are developed.

Type of services provided:

  • Development of a scientifically sound ecosystem restoration (ERC) strategy and discussion/design/revision of agroforestry and silvicultural measures for ERC management;
  • Guidance in implementing an integrated land use and development planning process (including community development);
  • Development of a monitoring system of ERC impact on biodiversity, carbon stock and local livelihood;
  • Forest restoration monitoring;
  • Conflict prevention through: Identification of potential conflict issues and development of a toolkit to respond to different kinds of conflicts; technical advice to FPIC (Free Prior and Informed Consent) implementation; development of a conflict-sensitive security concept;
  • Development of a master plan to improve community livelihoods within and adjacent to ERC to reduce the pressure on forests;
  • Development of business plans (short, mid, long term) to improve the livelihood of communities inside and adjacent to the ERC blocks by means of agro-forestry.
BMZ through KfW / BMUB-IKI
05/2015 – 04/2020
Contract value:
268,450 €