The small village of Menoreh has been logging over 17,000 hectares of land since the 1980s,
but working individually meant they were at the mercy of middlemen and reinvestment was minimal.
The community began to rethink the way it was organised and sought out the help of a few NGOs. From this, the cooperative Wana Lestari Menoreh was born. Currently the cooperative supports 14 full-time workers, including 5 women.
Around 40 people work on individual logging projects, with each person bringing in around Rp 40,000 per day. Sustainable initiatives such as planting
10 seeds for every tree that is cut down means the project has been able to secure its smart wood certification, which has increased prices by 30 - 40%.
Goals and objectives
Wana Lestari Menoreh started as a means to boost the local economy and in the process it has built a commitment to sustainability for the future.