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Our overall aim in this project is to identify species and techniques that would be suitable for large-scale reforestation projects. This will enable both replanting of the 1-km wide sedge area running the length of the Sabangau River adjacent to our research forest in the Natural Laboratory of Peat-swamp Forest, plus help inform reforestation initiatives in other peat-swamp forest areas.
Our main current objectives are to:
1. To identify peat-swamp tree species that can successfully survive and grow in the deforested area with little investment into artificial growing conditions (which are expensive and time consuming).
2. To document the effectiveness of any supplementary planting conditions, e.g. fertilisation, minimum planting height, supporting stakes. We aim to identifying tree and shrub species that are native, light-tolerant and flood-tolerant.
3. To include species that may provide sustainable livelihoods for the local community.
Major replanting initiatives are planned over the coming years - read all about these in our full Nursery and Reforestation Strategy for 2013-2015.