Working to halt the slash-and-burn agriculture and illegal logging that has long devastated the natural forests on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, the KHJL Cooperative is proving that one key to success is ‘small scale on a large scale'. This cooperative works with over 560 local villagers to grow Teak in small, responsibly managed plantations.
The plantations are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) which brings the landowners a price premium in the marketplace. By making a profit off the Teak and managing the Teak plantations for the long-term, pressure is reduced on the nearby natural forests. In fact, many members who admitted that they were previously engaged in illegal logging operations said they quit those jobs because they can make more money growing Teak.
KHJL is currently the only FSC certified source of Teak in Indonesia and one of the few FSC Teak sources in the world. The other key aspect of this project is all the ‘indirect' benefits that Cooperative members receive from forest conservation: clean and abundant water and flood and landslide protection. Many of these plantations also produce cash crops such as pepper, cocoa, and cashew in addition to wood.
TFT started working with KHJL in 2003 and supported them to achieve FSC certification. TFT links KHJL to global wood markets willing to pay a premium for the FSC Teak. We provide on-going technical training and management assistance to help KHJL to continue to grow the number of farmers involved.
Your donation will help TFT to continue supporting the on-going management and training at KHJL and also cover the annual certification costs and to expand the program to other villages.