The Village Which Bought the Forest


The tropical rainforests are our “lungs of the earth”. But they are also cash cows for the logging industry.

But with forests the size of a football pitch being destroyed every two seconds, eventually the timbre will run out.

Indonesia, which has already lost more than 60 percent of its natural forests, has put a price on its most precious resource – in the form of a US$9 million carbon credits project in Ulu Masen, Aceh.

A village head collects US$110 every month from the villagers as payments for what they call ecological services – or PES.

A hydro eco-preneur earns that same amount in a day selling the electricity from the dam to the national electricity provider.