Over half of Indonesia’s tropical forest is considered to be "degraded" as a result of commercial timber practices and conversion to agriculture, coupled with inefficient reforestation programmes.
The "Tree Bank" model engages farmers, young people, students, teachers, and scavengers to establish environmental groups that produce high quality seedlings in a self-sufficient way. Paris involves waste pickers to select quality seeds among juice vendors waste to supply nearly 400 groups across 10 provinces throughout Sumatra Island. He engages groups of students from kindergarten to university age to develop nurseries and serve as ambassadors for reforestation in their communities.
Goals and objectives
To date, Paris has mobilized more than 16,000 environment promoters in a movement that is self-sustaining and economically viable. He is succeeding in increasing forest coverage in degraded tropical forest land in Sumatra, and is currently working to spread the model to other islands beyond Sumatra.