"How to conserve remaining rainforest? in the short, medium and long term?"
In the short term, they must be financially compensated for keeping the forest undeveloped.
Right now, they have offers on the table from palm oil companies and other developers.
They do not want to sell their forests.
They are being forced by the socio-economic conditions.
They don t have any better options or offers until now.
Through VIVIDKalimantan, they will be compensated more for keeping the forest intact and placing their rainforest under our stewardship for 25 years than by selling to developers.
This conserves rainforest for the short to medium term (25 years).
"Who are they?"
They are the villagers whose ownership rights over their ancestral forests has been recognized by the Indonesian government.
They are the Dayak people who inhabit all of the island of Borneo.
They are the local youth who migrate to urban centers for choices, opportunities and access to a "modern" lifestyle.
"Why should they be compensated for doing nothing and just leaving the rainforest as it is?"
Socio-economic conditions are limiting sources of income until the rainforest becomes the sole source.
We are working on the front lines of exploitive development and deforestation. Villages regularly receive offers from developers. This is a matter of urgency.
They do not want to sell. They don't have other options until now.
Compensation eliminates the only leverage developers have.
The villages will continue to be guardians of the rainforest and ensure its protection. 12 hours a day, this public utility provider produces oxygen, an indispensable resource for all of us.
"Ok. What is the long term plan? Won't they just sell the rainforest in 25 years?"
Absolutely, if the socio-economic conditions don't change. We have 25 years to develop the region so that selling the rainforest is no longer the only source of revenue.
The long term conservation of the rainforest depends on living communities.
Living communities are communities that have access to opportunities, personal development and choices.
Living communities are excited about the future.
This type of development centered around living communities is