Pioneering A Revolutionary Restoration Model

RER employs the four-phase model of peatland forest protection, creation and conservation using a landscape approach.

PROTECTING

The landscape

RER adopts appropriate protection strategies that include the establishment of a formal guard and patrol function and bespoke community resource management and protection schemes. RER works with local community groups to ensure that solutions are practical and effective.

ASSESSING

The ecosystem and the social environment

We investigate and assess the present conditions of the flora, fauna and wildlife habitats, assisted by expert partners. Initial assessments of the area, physical and social environments are also completed to establish a baseline against which future assessments can be benchmarked, and to ensure that communities are part of this process.

RESTORING

Native plant and wildlife species

Once protected and assessed, RER carefully restores degraded sites through a process of restocking, using seedlings from surrounding forests. We establish nurseries to cultivate seedlings collected from the wild before carrying out a program of staged replanting. Water level restoration will be developed to maintain water levels critical to the health and functioning of the peat forest ecosystems, with continual evaluation of the effectiveness of our efforts.

MANAGING

For sustainability

We develop comprehensive, long-term management plans with our advisory panel of international and local specialists to ensure the sustainability of the restored forest areas. These incorporate consultation with local communities, government and adjacent forest concession license-holders, and are distributed widely for feedback.

Community Involvement

A key tenet of the landscape approach to conservation is community engagement and involvement. RER's partners place significant emphasis on community-level involvement, which is important to ensure a sense of shared purpose and ownership in the project.

Community involvement in the protection, planning and management of the conservation area is essential, and:

  • Ensures that traditional activities like fishing or the gathering of honey are preserved.
  • Creates employment and related small business opportunities which are an important part of the long term sustainability model.
  • Focuses on education so that the community understands the importance of the environment and biodiversity conservation and restoration.
  • Demonstrates that conservation can create local economic growth — from diversified employment to social benefits.