Good Oil: Forest Solutions Sumatra.

Photo | June 12, 2012

Prayer time in the Dosan mosque. There is a greater sense of social cohesion since everyone is part of a cooperative.The village farmers are aiming at higher yields using techniques such as manual weeding (lowering pesticide use) and pruning excess fronds. 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.05/18/2012