Good Oil: Forest Solutions Sumatra.

Photo | June 29, 2012

Dragon Lake (Danau Nagasakti) is an incredibly crystal clear peat lake with a backdrop of primary forest. Once home to the critically endangered Sumatran tiger, the area still supports a great deal of biodiversity. Part of the Kampar peat dome, this area is affected by changes in the water table and forest cover of the entire dome system. The people of Dosan believe the lake is sacred and understand the importance of safeguarding the area – they are the guardians of this forest. Oil palm plantations have expanded rapidly over the past two decades in Indonesia, clearing large swathes of natural forest and critical peatland areas. Promises of economic development and jobs to local communities have not come true for many. An innovative, independent small-holder approach has delivered social and economic benefits and helped protect the remaining forest. The Dosan community has committed to protecting its forests and moving to improved environmental management practices that include zero burning, no herbicide use and improved water management to maintain the peatland water system. 2012

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