Provide alternative income, reduce dependence on wood products (bahasa Indonesia)

The Forest and Land Rehabilitation (RHL) program assists efforts to reduce community dependence on forest products, especially wood. ARIEF NUGROHO / PONTIANAK POST

Abdul Hadi had just finished repairing his chainsaw when Pontianak Post visited his house in Kopiang Sub-village, Mandor Village, Mandor Subdistrict, Landan District, in October 2020.

On that day, he planned to cut wood in his brother’s forest garden located not far from the Sub-village. For some residents of Kopiang Sub-village, being loggers has been practiced for a long time. This profession has even been carried out from generation to generation until now.

According to Abdul Hadi, the dependence of the Kopiang community on the forest is quite high. At least 40 percent of the total population of Dusun Kopiang still rely on forest products to make ends meet.

As many as 30 percent of them work as gold miners, 20 percent as farmers and 10 percent work in oil palm plantations. "In the past, most of them worked as a woodcutter," he said.

However, at this time the profession is slowly starting to be abandoned because of the risk of dealing with the law. "Now it's hard to cut down forests. You could be jailed," he said.

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