Last May, PM Haze completed our first canal blocking project in Indonesia in collaboration with WALHI Riau, and the Sungai Tohor community. During a recent trip back, we happily found that the community we worked with has formed a 16-member Co-op, EKA (Ekonomi Kreatif Andalan), since December last year. In addition to growing sago, EKA is working hard exploring farming, handicraft making and t-shirt printing to diversify their livelihood.
Our community development manager Lastrina went back to the canal block we supported last year to check on its condition. For the remaining of the year, we will monitor the effectiveness of canal blocks on peatland restoration. Watch this space for future updates!