Background and Mission

YTS - Peatlands Project - Pilang Village

Peatlands are an important factor affecting climate change. Many peatland areas in Kalimantan have been degraded through logging and drainage from canals, resulting in massive carbon loss from fires and loss of vegetation. Smoke haze from peatland fires is a serious issue in Central Kalimantan, causing health problems and economic losses. The aim of this project is to create a roadmap that will help restore degraded peatlands and reduce peatland fires, thereby protecting and enhancing carbon storage. Gambut Kita (Our Peat) is a collaborative project started in 2018, between Australian and Indonesian researchers, funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). The role of YTS is to engage the local communities in Pulang Pisau subdistrict to adopt and develop sustainable livelihoods that are economically viable and protect peatland. One of those communities is Pilang Village where YTS has been helping to improve rubber production, by providing technical assistance to produce better quality latex, and by facilitating sales directly to the factory. We also want to help them manage their 8,000-hectare community forest and are in discussions with a carbon investment organisation to invest in their social forestry program.

The Experience

On this visit we will see some of the livelihoods that utilise the natural resources of the land. We will see the rubber production, from the trees that produce the latex to how they are processed. We will make time to explore the community forest within walking distance from the village, and examine canal blocking installations. Then we will walk by the Kahayan river to visit Ibu Muri who makes a living from making woven rattan products, which can be purchased.

Duration Time

The whole trip will take (5-6) hours. Pilang Village is about 50 km south of Palangka Raya, taking 1.5 hours to get there. Peat soil comprises most of the land in the village, which is centred near the Kahayan River. The coordinates are 2°28’44.9″S 114°11’50.2″E.

What To Bring

We will explore a forest so wear light clothes that cover your arms and legs to minimize mosquito bites. Comfortable covered shoes are highly recommended. Other than that, bring a bucket hat or sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water and mosquito repellent.

What Is Included

Snacks, refreshments and lunch will be provided on site. Bathrooms are available. Local products will be available for purchase, so bring cash.

Meeting Point

The meeting points will be at the Swissbel Hotel and Rungan Sari.

This tour will be available only for one day. The bus will leave at 8:30 AM. Please plan to be at least 10 minutes before the assigned departure time to avoid missing your bus!

Cost

USD 27.50 (to cover transportation and offset project expenses.)

Any additional amount in donation through SDIA will be appreciated.