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Artha Graha Peduli’s Green Society program has been operating in TWNC since 1996. Designed to slowly and progressively increase the intensity to recover the damage TWNC has experienced in the past, AGP has managed to reduce or at least stabilize the rate of deforestation in TWNC. AGP’s other efforts include:

  • Reforestation by planting trees which covers many different types of endemic species such as Waru (Hibiscus tiliaceus), Bayur (Pterospermum javanicum) and Nyamplung (Calophyllum inophyllum). Around 10,000 trees have been planted since 1996.
  • Protecting the forest by assisting Indonesian forest patrols with additional personnel equipped with basic equipment. AGP’s personnel are not only protecting the forest using the required force, but also through soft approaches such as giving short courses to the villagers surrounding TWNC on the importance and significance of maintaining our forests for biodiversity, oxygen production, and future generations.
  • Empowering the people and villagers surrounding TWNC to work and assist the AGP’s green activities in revitalizing the severely deforested forest.
  • Empowering ex-drug addict/residents. Through the cooperation agreement in 2012 between the Indonesian Narcotics Bureau (BNN) and AGP, a post-rehabilitation program was created, and the anticipated results would be a reduction in the percentage of relapsing residents, and engaging them to work together with AGP’s green activities in TWNC.
  • Endangered Animal rescue and conservation such as the Sumatran Tigers. In 2010, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) estimated that there were only 300 – 400 wild tigers left in the whole of Sumatra. In this field, AGP works closely with Panthera, a non-governmental organization focusing on Big Cats to recover as many Sumatran wild tigers as possible. Aside from Sumatran Tigers, AGP also assists in releasing other endangered animals including Trenggiling (Manis javanica) and sea turtles (Chelonioidea). AGP continues to monitor and assist with the Indonesian government to relocate conflict wild Sumatran Tigers, which AGP has been doing since 2007. In total, AGP has relocated at least 8 tigers, released 5 tigers to the wild, and 3 cubs born in a story of ‘miracle birth’.