|Project title||:||Rebuilding Green Infrastructure with Trees People Want (ReGrIn) Trees, Resilience and Livelihood
Recovery in the Tsunami-affected Coastal Zone of Aceh and North Sumatra, Indonesia
|Project contact||:||Dr. Laxman Joshi|
|Timeframe||:||January 2006 to December 2008|
|Funding||:||EU (under EU-ASIA PRO ECO II B Post-Tsunami Programme)|
|Budget||:||Euro 914,671 (EU funding of Euro 737,225)|
|Location & Partners||:||West Aceh, focusing on four sub-districts (Johan Pahlawan, Meureubo, Samatiga, Arongan Lambalek)
and Gunung Sitoli on Nias Island. Indonesian Research Institute of Estate Crops (LRPI), Indonesian
Institute of Soil Research (ISRI) and University of Hohenheim (Germany)
|Brochures||:||download here (in PDF)|
Through the ReGrIn project, ICRAF and its partners aim to promote
economically valuable trees in the coastal landscape in tsunami and
earthquake damaged areas of West Aceh and North Nias. The project is
using productive trees that people want; those which can provide
environmental protection and improve livelihoods. These productive
trees help to increase the resilience of local communities to natural
disasters and expedite livelihood recovery and economic development.
western coast of Aceh was the worst hit among all areas affected by the
26 December 2004 tsunami. Economic activity in the region centres on
the coast, and the damage caused to markets and transport
infrastructure has also had a major impact on people inland.
before the tsunami, 40-60% of the economy of West Aceh and Nias
depended on tree crops. Trees planted by coastal zone farmers that have
economic value are more likely to survive and provide environmental
services than trees planted in externally-led reforestation programs. A
focus on the type of trees and the way they will be managed is a key to
the success of coastal zone management.
The ReGrIn project
focuses on 11 villages in West Aceh and North Nias, both in
tsunami-affected and unaffected areas. The project includes:
assessing damage to the natural resources and impacts on the
livelihoods of the coastal zone population in West Aceh and Nias.
action plans to target rehabilitation in affected areas with
economically valuable tree crops that have been selected on the basis
of site-tree matching, remote sensing and soil data.
- Producing high quality planting material, with training and support provided to farmers.
the long-term, establishing local processing facilities for tree
products and developing special markets and trade in developed
countries for products from natural disaster affected areas.
people are involved throughout the project, from damage assessment
through to plan development and implementation. They are supported by
local capacity building institutions and non-government organizations
(NGOs). ICRAF is providing technical assistance to farmers, local
government and other institutions to improve land use planning and
ensure there is integration between the coastal and upland areas.
ReGrin project takes an innovative approach; focusing on building the
social capital needed for effective coastal zone management rather than
meeting physical targets. There is potential for this approach to be
replicated in other affected areas, and NGOs are taking an important
role in disseminating project information.
The sustainability of
the ReGrIn project is enhanced by focusing on trees that people want
and which positively contribute to their livelihoods. Through building
social capital, improving market links for tree products, and providing
farmers with opportunities to continually build their knowledge and
skills, there is greater potential for long-term success of the project.
is hoped results and lessons from the ReGrIn project, including the
role of tree crops in disaster mitigation and socio-economic recovery,
and the impacts of emergency response efforts on the tree crop sector
will be valuable in unfortunate events of natural disasters in future.
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