Sumatra Rainforest Institute
Sumatra Rainforest Institute (SRI) is a Indonesian grass-roots organisation which focuses on the conservation of the Sumatran rainforest.
Sumatra Rainforest Institute (SRI) is a grass-roots NGO that focuses on wildlife & rainforest conservation. One of SRI's programs is the Community Agroforestry Development Unit. This unit focuses on community development through agroforestry initiatives involving farmers who live around Batang Gadis National Park. It's projects provide the farmers with eco-friendly agriculture extension programs, conservation education and sustainable economic development solutions in North Sumatra.
In conjunction with typical agroforestry outcomes, the Community Development Unit also aims to:
- Improve rainforest conservation awareness among local communities
- Enhance the protection of wildlife and rainforest through reforestation projects and plant species enrichment plantings
- Decrease human-wildlife conflicts around important key biodiversity landscapes
- Improve management of rainforest and wildlife protection with real actions and participation of multi-stakeholders in and around Batang Gadis National Park
- Provide alternative income for small-scale farmers in order to decrease the unsustainable use of forest resources and illegal wildlife poaching
- Allowing the inclusion of local communities in buffer zone management which is vital for conserving biodiversity in the National Park.
- Increasing the local economy and provide more sustainable income generation for local communities,
- Enabling local communities to be involved in interntional trade of high quality coffee
- Engaging local farmers in reforestation/ species enrichment projects will contribute to wildlife & rainforest conservation in the region