Fostering Indonesia's tropical potential to bring about global prosperity through mitigating current environmental challenges.
Profitable reforestation through efficient systems design that ensures the sustained well being of humanity and the ecology.
Our forests are disappearing, many people are malnourished and our inefficient production systems produce waste with little productivity.
We are haunted by the problem of deforestation. Forests are being burned for monoculture oil palm plantations. This creates huge carbon emissions, destroys ecosystems, causes flooding and soil erosion, and negatively affects the health of people in the surrounding area.
Malnutrition is also a problem; 38% of children are stunted, they get an average of 16 grams of protein per person, while the average European gets 80 grams.
This is a paradox, because we are located in one of the most blessed locations in the world; the tropics. Biodiversity and growth rate are at levels that are unparalleled here. In simple terms we have lots of plant and animal species with the potential to solve different problems that grow at amazing speeds. If nature was a factory, we would be the best one out there.
Indonesia stands today at the crossroads of destiny. We are naturally one of the richest places on earth and have the potential to alleviate many of the local and global problems we face. However, if we mismanage our resources and do not move in the right direction we put ourselves at risk of an ecological disaster Facing this problem is a meaningful pursuit that should interest all of us, should we want to thrive as a nation. Play our cards right, we can match our natural potential to become one of the most prosperous places on earth. By tackling this problem, we also help mitigate the greater global crisis of climate change.
Hence Tropical Development; a concept based on creating resilient and productive permaculture systems on these lands.
What are permaculture systems? These are efficient design systems that work with, and not against nature. Systems that are energy efficient, produces minimum waste and creates an abundant yield. It can be applied to all walks of life; designing houses, cities, food production, and waste management, to name a few.
In this case, we are specifically talking about forest systems - the most productive and resilient system. Forest systems can play a huge role in mitigating the food and energy crisis that we face. We can go beyond sustainability towards abundance and prosperity.
The tropics is the most biodiverse and productive place on earth, due to its equatorial location. It is exposed to abundant sunlight and rainfall. This is the place where forests grow fastest, temperate regions simply cannot rival our productivity. That is why Indonesia is the perfect place to implement a permaculture agroforestry system.
The more biodiverse a system is, the more resilient it becomes. This ecosystemic web that has been proven to stand the test of time. This is necessary in the face of an unpredictable climate future. These systems can be imitated and re-created to cater for human needs; food, shelter, energy, medicine. Humans need to be catered for, otherwise we are going to continue to perpetuate this ecological mess.
We have a massive biological advantage that we have failed to utilize. This is because we have always thought in an extractive manner, to deplete our lands for it resources, rendering it economically useless as well as environmentally distraught.
Tropical development is not a 'back to nature' movement. Conversely, we are moving forward with nature. We have more than 28 million hectares of tropical land in Indonesia and 1.6 billion hectares worldwide available, and only 540 million hectares are needed to replace all the world's oil and simultaneously feed the world. By combining cutting edge technology in the development of forest systems we are able to drive Indonesia towards an economic prosperity whilst safeguarding a sustainable future for the environment and people.