Since 2017, Earthqualizer has continued to promote forest and ecosystem restoration in priority landscapes through social forestry schemes. Critical and burnt social forestry areas are targets for reforestation with economically valuable local species. We encourage companies to commit to supporting the restoration of forest estate at the site level for environmental conservation and for surrounding communities. The reforestation programmes we promote align with the Low Carbon Development policy in Indonesia's National Medium-Term Development Plan for 2020–2024 to improve environmental quality, with expectations that in 2025, 43 million ha of primary forest cover will have been maintained, total national forest cover is above 94 million ha, 2 million ha will have been reforested, and 1.5 million ha of peat ecosystems restored.
So far, around 150 thousand economically valuable forest and fruit tree seedlings have been planted in critical areas of the three landscapes. Reforestation is needed to increase the quantity and quality of forest cover, and efforts to do so align with poverty alleviations strategies by increasing values from existing commodities. In the long-term, reforestation functions to increase carbon stock in forest stands and as a strategic emissions reduction measure to counterbalance rapid industrialization.
Similarly, we encourage peatland restoration in a framework of co-management with companies whose location permits are in peatland ecosystems by supervising peat rewetting, revegetation with economically valuable local plant species, and developing business units in nearby villages. We are currently restoring peatlands with our partners in Kubu Raya district.