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Company struggles to defend forest after donor cuts funding

  • Dyaning Pangestika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 14 2018   /  01:10 am

After the Danish government officially cut its funding to Hutan Harapan (Forest of Hope) in Jambi this year, PT Restorasi Ekosistem Indonesia (REKI), a private company established to manage the forest, needs to find another way to fund its operations.

Since 2011, Denmark had been the main donor of Hutan Harapan, the oldest ecosystem restoration concession (ERC) forest in Indonesia, through a joint project called Environmental Support Program Phase 3 ( ESP3 ).

The Danish government had provided up to US$12.7 million in financial support, as well as technical assistance to manage the forest, which was channeled to REKI via non-governmental organization Burung Indonesia. This year will be the last year of ESP3 since the government intends to channel the fund to other countries in need.

In 2018, over 20,000 out of 98,555 hectares of the total area managed by REKI were ...