A billion people live in close proximity to forests and their lives and livelihoods are intricately linked with the forest ecosystem. Groups that maintain traditional values have a balanced and sustainable approach to utilising forest resources which does not harm their resource and protects forests.
Many forest people engage in agricultural production and have traditionally been involved in subsistence farming. However in the past 20 years industrial agriculture has brought opportunities for income generation to these groups, but at what cost? Indonesia has lost over 50 Million Ha of primary rainforest to industrial palm oil production,
The consequences of the loss of rainforests are impact on the watershed causing water security issues and loss of biodiversity including traditional income generational crops. Leaving many of the poorest forest dwellers with no options but to continue working for the industrial agriculture corporations which contributes to limited opportunities within an unsustainable marketplace.
Communities Losing their Resilience
As forest communities lose their lands and agricultural independence to corporations involved in industrial scale agriculture. Any resilience they had to climatic disturbance can be degraded. A canopy of forest ecosystems can protect water sheds and reduce soil erosion, provide clean water and soil nutrients and in doing so improves local agricultural resilience to drought and floods. The removal of forest canopy by companies interested in industrial crops such as Oil Palm creates climate vulnerable communities at high risk of climate impacts.
Support rainforest communities form sustainable futures
A sustainable existance
While forest gardens have been in existence in the tropics for many thousand years, utilising basic forest restorative technologies a farmer can achieve the dual impact of improving animal habitat and farm production without causing the damage that industrial crops can cause. With the appropriate knowledge and access to "green" markets, a Forest Gardener can achieve, a production system with diverse value and opportunity that also encourages the establishment of threatened global biodiversity habitat.
An example of this type of design is the introduction of butterfly host plants into farmer production areas, which can restore the local habitat for insects and the species that feed on them, benefiting the farmer with improved pest management.
6 Steps to Help Farmers Protect Rainforests
Say NO to PALM OIL!
Say NO to mining in Rainforests!
Support forest garden products
Buy production that is organic certified
Volunteer and help small farmers improve capacity
Donate and support our community projects