Land restoration should consist of rejuvenation, regrow and redistribution.

The archipelago has over 24 million hectares of degraded land, which is equivalent to almost twice the size of England.

Land restoration should consist of rejuvenation, regrow and redistribution.

The archipelago has over 24 million hectares of degraded land, which is equivalent to almost twice the size of England.

CPI Approach

It is crucial to start looking for sources that can provide sustainable supplies for energy production without compromising food security or unduly affecting the wider landscape. CPI believes that the cultivation of sources for generation of power should also be an “ally” in restoration processes. Integrating energy provision with land restoration and overall livelihood improvement should be the norm, not the exception.

Such an ally is bamboo. it is considered “an increasingly important economic asset in poverty eradication and economic and environmental development” (FAO, 2005).

Economic values
income generation

Environmental values
restoration
substitute for wood = against deforestation

Social values
increased availability of resources = more social segments can benefit

CPI has set up pilot bamboo-based biomass power plants on Mentawai islands which resulted in reliable electricity to 1,200 households in three villages, each of which has their own power plant. Furthermore: The sustainability of the mini-grids is high: Each village is realizing about 3,000 tonnes CO2e/year from emission avoidance and carbon sequestration due to new bamboo planting.

  • Fuel characteristics: <1% ash/tar & calorific value: 4000 kcal/kg.
  • Planted once and harvested for > 50 years.
  • GHG emission reduction up to 3000 tons CO2e/year/village.

CPI has set up pilot bamboo-based biomass power plants on Mentawai islands which resulted in reliable electricity to 1,200 households in three villages, each of which has their own power plant. Furthermore: The sustainability of the mini-grids is high: Each village is realizing about 3,000 tonnes CO2e/year from emission avoidance and carbon sequestration due to new bamboo planting.

  • Fuel characteristics: <1% ash/tar & calorific value: 4000 kcal/kg.
  • Planted once and harvested for > 50 years.
  • GHG emission reduction up to 3000 tons CO2e/year/village.

CPI has set up pilot bamboo-based biomass power plants on Mentawai islands which resulted in reliable electricity to 1,200 households in three villages, each of which has their own power plant. Furthermore: The sustainability of the mini-grids is high: Each village is realizing about 3,000 tonnes CO2e/year from emission avoidance and carbon sequestration due to new bamboo planting.

  • Fuel characteristics: <1% ash/tar & calorific value: 4000 kcal/kg.
  • Planted once and harvested for > 50 years.
  • GHG emission reduction up to 3000 tons CO2e/year/village.

Imposing an unfamiliar plant would interfere and go against restoration efforts.

While bamboo is known for its many benefits, it is not supposed to be imposed on different geographical areas where bamboo does not grow naturally, such as Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT). Replication of the Mentawai project in Soe, Kefamenanu, and Ponu starts with a feasibility study that needs to find alternatives when bamboo is not a familiar nor the most suitable source.

Aside from biomass-based power plant development in NTT, new plantations will be encouraged to improve degraded land. Planting Gamal (Gliricidia Sepium), a familiar and abundant source in NTT will be beneficial not only for land restoration, but also for livestock feed. For Ponu in particular, a biomass based power plant project could restore critically damaged land as large as 7000ha by planting the biomass using an intercropping system.

Imposing an unfamiliar plant would interfere and go against restoration efforts.

While bamboo is known for its many benefits, it is not supposed to be imposed on different geographical areas where bamboo does not grow naturally, such as Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT). Replication of the Mentawai project in Soe, Kefamenanu, and Ponu starts with a feasibility study that needs to find alternatives when bamboo is not a familiar nor the most suitable source.

Aside from biomass-based power plant development in NTT, new plantations will be encouraged to improve degraded land. Planting Gamal (Gliricidia Sepium), a familiar and abundant source in NTT will be beneficial not only for land restoration, but also for livestock feed. For Ponu in particular, a biomass based power plant project could restore critically damaged land as large as 7000ha by planting the biomass using an intercropping system.

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