Ecological Analysis of Community and Private Partnership in Tree Planting Program to Rehabilitate Degraded Lands: A Case Study in East Java, Indonesia

Lia Hapsari, Titut Yulistyarini, Trimanto, Setyawan Agung Danarto, Shofiyatul Mas'udah, Janis Damaiyani, Rachmawan Adi Laksono, Ardiawan Jati, Sugeng Budiharta

Abstract

Community and private partnership (CPP) in tree planting initiative is potential to accelerate rehabilitation of degraded lands. Yet, empirical studies to analyse such programs are limited. Here, we analysed a CPP tree planting program in East Java, Indonesia by focusing on ecological aspects, i.e. vegetation cover changes, floristic diversity, above-ground carbon storage, and soil and microclimate conditions. Results showed that there was a striking increase in vegetation cover, yielding  a total carbon sequestration of 3,853 tons, or equivalent to the reduction of 14,140 tons of CO2 emissions. On the other hand, co-benefits in term of floristic diversity at a landscape scale was low, and soil and micro-climate conditions were still marginal. This study provided empirical evidence that collaboration between communities and private entities in tree planting program can be effective in rehabilitation of degraded lands. Improvement in land management systems applied in tree planting through the implementation of mixed gardens or complex agroforestry is suggested if aiming for co-benefits in floristic diversity and soil properties. Our study recommends a broader adoption of a similar scheme in rehabilitation of degraded lands across Indonesia.

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Authors

Lia Hapsari
hapsari.lia@gmail.com (Primary Contact)
Titut Yulistyarini
Trimanto
Setyawan Agung Danarto
Shofiyatul Mas'udah
Janis Damaiyani
Rachmawan Adi Laksono
Ardiawan Jati
Sugeng Budiharta
HapsariL., YulistyariniT., Trimanto, DanartoS. A., Mas’udahS., DamaiyaniJ., LaksonoR. A., JatiA., & BudihartaS. (2023). Ecological Analysis of Community and Private Partnership in Tree Planting Program to Rehabilitate Degraded Lands: A Case Study in East Java, Indonesia. Jurnal Manajemen Hutan Tropika, 29(1), 22. https://doi.org/10.7226/jtfm.29.1.22

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