Meet the Local Communities as the Restoration Agents in the Field with HIRAI

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10 November 2022
Eka Cahyaningrum

Restoring ecosystem is not just about planting trees, but also about how we could raise awareness of the surrounding community and involve them as  agents of change to push forward the restoration and conservation agenda, since they will be the first  to experience the effect of degraded ecosystem and will be the first to benefit from a healthy ecosystem.

In April and August, HIRAI worked with the community in Pulang Pisau District to plant trees in a previously burned area, and we had some time to have a chat and understand more about what they thought about the ecosystem and how the ecosystem degradation impacted their daily lives.

Eka Cahyaningrum

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Supporting partners

Under the banner of Generation Restoration, the Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL) and the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) launched the Restoration Stewards program in 2020 to support and highlight the work of six young restoration practitioners and their teams, dubbed ‘Restoration Stewards’. The year-long program provides funding, mentorship, and training to deepen the impact of these projects.
In 2021, the Restoration Stewards and their teams will be supported to further develop their project and will become ambassadors at both global and local levels. Globally, the Restoration Stewards will share their journey in a series of vlogs and blogs documenting their stories of inspiration and challenges. Locally, they will spark a restoration movement, creating pathways to connect, share, learn, and act for more sustainable landscapes.