Forests for People

Forests for People supports development projects and programmes directed at enhancing the welfare of indigenous communities in those ecosystems by creating a sustainable economic system through improving education outcomes and contributing to local employment in sustainable industries.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognise that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

We support numerous mobile education programs in Kalimantan and Sumatra that deliver practical education and training to local people living in or near forest ecosystems about sustainable living practices. Empowering local people with the knowledge and resources to live more sustainably is a key objective of the education teams. Training and workshops regarding sustainable agro-forestry and mixed tree cultures provide a sustainable living for local communities while also being an important step in the long-term protection of forests.

We aim to improve the welfare of rainforest communities in and around forest areas by working with communities through a targeted conservation education approach while simultaneously creating sustainable livelihood development through the development of sustainable agriculture under the rainforest canopy, including sustainable crop selection, polyculture and organic farming techniques, restoring the forest’s environmental services, and prevention of human-wildlife conflicts. FFP also supports the employment of many villagers, with a focus on growing seedlings and replanting degraded areas of forest.  

FFP provides funding for a school food program in the Bukit Tigapuluh Ecosystem in Sumatra. The key objective of this sustainable community development initiative is to improve the living standards of an Indigenous Talang Mamak community by incentivising education through offering nutritious meals to students who attend classes. Increasing the participation rate of children receiving an education and improving the children’s ability to focus on their learning by having a nourishing meal, is a sustainable way to reduce poverty and improve economic growth for the community.