Project Description

Developed in response to commercial logging pressures and a lack of public services, the Wanang Conservation Area is an alliance of 10 indigenous, rainforest-dwelling clans that together protect 10,000 hectares of forest for biodiversity research, carbon storage and sustainable livelihoods. The initiative maintains a “forest dynamics plot”, where they have planted more than 280,000 plants to study their responses to changing climatic conditions. A research station (one of the largest in the country) serves as a capacity building hub, where Wanang villagers and students are trained as para-ecologists and research technicians.