26 November 2019
Jakarta, Indonesia

Empowering Nationwide Public Participation for Restoration Assessment in Indonesia

RESTORE+ launches a national campaign to identify landscape restoration potential by using a tailormade crowdsourcing platform built by the project consortium called Urundata. The platform includes a mobile application to allow contribution of the crowd to scientific assessments supporting policy making efforts.

© Aline Soterroni | IIASA

© Aline Soterroni | IIASA

Landscape restoration is a long process of restoring the ecological function of degraded land and improve the welfare of the people who live in the location. Restoration is relevant to various policies in Indonesia, related to climate change (Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC)) and sustainable development (Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)). The establishment of the Indonesian Peat Restoration Agency, the allocation of ecosystem restoration concessions and the granting of access to social forestry management shows the commitment of the Indonesian government to carrying out landscape restoration.

On 26 November 2019, RESTORE+ will launch a nationwide crowdsourcing campaign to collect data to inform forest and landscape restoration targets and strategies in Indonesia. Representatives from national and sub-national government offices, civil society organizations and universities throughout the country are invited to disseminate the campaign and discuss engagement modes that will maximize public participation through their respective institutions. The workshop will further present results of pilot data collection campaigns done in the provinces of South Sumatra and East Kalimantan. 

Throughout 2019, and in preparation for the national campaign, a series of crowdsourcing campaigns to identify potential restoration activities have been carried out in South Sumatra and East Kalimantan (more details can be found here). The first campaign was launched in April and focused on land cover analysis, followed by the second campaign in August which aimed at collecting detailed field information on targeted locations for peat degradation. Until now, more than 600 active users participated in the activities which resulted in more than 2 million interpretations of satellite imagery. With the launch of this campaign and based on the previous results, a similar approach will be tested for all provinces in Indonesia.

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The RESTORE+ project

RESTORE+ is a five-year partnership that aims at enhancing land use planning capacity related to restoration or utilization of degraded land in Indonesia and Brazil. In Indonesia, the project aims at identifying specific areas with scenarios for restoration by combining participatory mapping campaigns with land-use and supply chain modelling. In Brazil, established land monitoring and modelling capabilities will be enhanced to support Brazil’s contribution to meeting the “Bonn Challenge”. The project will identify degraded areas, assess restoration options and explore trade-offs associated with the Brazilian Forest Code.

The project is implemented by a consortium of 10 institutions led by IIASA's CLR group with country specific activities coordinated by the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) in Brazil and World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Indonesia. The RESTORE+ project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU). 

More information on: www.restoreplus.org

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Last edited: 26 February 2020


Florian Kraxner

Research Group Leader and Principal Research Scholar Agriculture, Forestry, and Ecosystem Services Research Group - Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program

Ping Yowargana

Research Scholar Agriculture, Forestry, and Ecosystem Services Research Group - Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program

Enrico Confienza

Program and Project Officer/RESTORE+ Project Manager Agriculture, Forestry, and Ecosystem Services Research Group - Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program


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