Sumatra has lost over half its trees so a bold plan of action was needed to save the remaining forest. In 2010, WWF and partners embarked on a novel experiment to protect Sumatra’s Bukit Tigapuluh or “30 Hills” landscape by applying for a commercial management license to conserve remaining forests surrounding Bukit Tigapuluh National Park. After five years of steadfast work to secure political support, community buy-in, and government approval, WWF and partners successfully acquired two blocks of forest, dubbed Jambi I and Jambi II, as a restoration concession bordering the national park. As a result, 100,000 acres of forest originally earmarked to be logged are being managed for their long-term conservation value.
Not all landscapes are created equally. Sumatra is a rare jewel; the Indonesian island contains a disproportionate number of plant and animal species within its rainforests, some of which—such as the Sumatran orangutan—are found nowhere else on Earth. The world needs to know this.
Evermaven sent a team to Indonesia to bring back images of this timely and critical story.