Emily Readett Bayley’s first visit to the Harapan rainforest in Jambi, Sumatra was to research the craft heritage of the indigenous Batin Sembilan community and quantify what sustainable natural materials that can be cultivated or sourced within the Eco System Forest Concession. The aim is to provide livelihood opportunities for these semi nomadic people who are no longer able to subsist as hunter gatherers. She is looking to produce a variety of handcrafted products including baskets, brushes, plant pots and bird boxes suitable for sale in the European DIY and home renovation stores which are part of the One Kingfisher Group who are collaborators alongside the RSPB in the Hutan Harapan Forest Restoration Project.
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Emily’s working with the RSPB in their rainforest ERC, Hutan Harapan in Sumatra – home of the critically endangered Sumatran Tiger
Hutan Harapan is an ecosystem restoration concession in South Sumatra where the RSPB and partners are working alongside the indigenous forest communities to protect and maintain an area of virgin rainforest threatened by rapidly expanding palm oil plantations.The forest is home to many endangered birds and rare animals including the critically endangered Sumatran Tiger which is increasingly being forced out into plantations with tragic consequences. See this article today in The Jakarta Post