Conservation benefit: Conservation of 247 acres of lowland forest for 10 years
Community benefit: Nut oil processing machine, communications equipment, and construction of a small building
The Pangajid Indigenous Forest covers 494 acres (200 hectares) on the island of Borneo, six hours from the Malaysian border. It is rich in tree species listed as vulnerable by the IUCN, including the endemic tengkawang tree and highly sought-after ironwood. Birds, deer, and monkeys flourish there.
The region’s indigenous inhabitants face outside pressure to develop the land with logging, mining, or plantation concessions. Seacology is funding a project that will help them instead make a sustainable living by harvesting and processing tengkawang nuts. The oil from these nuts is used for cooking, soap, and cosmetics. It is valuable because it is an alternative to palm oil. Selling the oil is much more profitable than selling raw nuts, and waste from the processing can be used to feed chickens and pigs.
The traditional method of processing the nuts for their oil, however, is labor-intensive and time-consuming. In cooperation with Pontianak Urban Forest, Seacology is providing funds to buy an oil-processing machine and to build a cottage that will house it and provide community meeting space. In return, the community will patrol and protect a 247-acre (100-hectare) parcel of the Pangajid Indigenous Forest for 10 years.
- September 2017
- Seacology field representative Irman Meilandi met Pangajid Forest Leader Mr. Nadu and West Kalimantan facilitator Mr. Deman Huri at the National Forestry Department's Forest Festival in Jakarta...
- April 2016
- This project has been successfully completed. The simple new machinery yields a kilo of butter from two kilos of nuts—three times as much as could be produced using labor-intensive manual tools....
- January 2016
- According to field representative Irman Meilandi, community members have constructed the building, installed the nut oil processing machine, and begun extracting oil from nuts gathered in the forest.
- August 2015
- The building that will house the nut oil processing machine is almost finished, and the community members are now setting up the machine.
- May 2015
- Plans have been made for the building, which will serve not only as a processing facility but also as a training center for people from nearby communities. Raw materials have been obtained not...