Rinjani's forest is the heart of Lombok Island in Indonesia. Nusa Tenggara, its unique dry forest, is home to a wide variety of endemic species and is particularly rich in mammal species.
Rinjani's forest supplies 90% of the island's water. 3 million people crowd on to the island which is 5,000 km2 and there's a population growth of 1.5% per year. Over 750,000 poor people live on the slopes of Mount Rinjani.
Since 1998, more than 500 thousand hectares of precious forest has vanished due to illegal logging. This dramatic reduction of forested area has led to a decrease in the number of natural springs, severe water scarcity during the dry season. This invariably affects the livelihood of Lombok's inhabitants. For instance, in 1985, West Nusa Tenggara Province had up to 702 springs, but a study in 2000 indicated that the number has been reduced to just 262. If deforestation continues in Rinjani, and the water supply continues to decline, the effect on the lives of Lombok's three million inhabitants will be devastating. Moreover, the biodiversity of the area will also be adversely affected. By purchasing a My Baby Tree package, you will be directly involved in the efforts to stop this environmental destruction, and you will be helping to provide a brighter future for all of us.
When you purchase a My Baby Tree package, one of the following trees will be planted on your behalf:
Rajumas (Duabanga moluccana) is a small lowland evergreen rainforest tree from Southeast Asia, comprising of two or three species. The trunk is erect, 40-80 feet high, undivided but sometimes forking from the base. The lower limbs spread, drooping from the trunk: these tress have long, slender, branches covered in large spreading leaves. The large blossoms expand in April, emiting a rank odor when they first bloom but become inodorous before the petals drop. The fruit is as large as an apple.
Suren (Toona febrfuga) is in the Meliaceae family, a native from Afghanistan to South India and from Papua New Guinea to Eastern Australia. Suren, also known as Vietnam Mohogany, is an important timber tree, providing a valuable hardwood used for furniture, ornamental paneling and ship building.
Klokos (Syzygium guineese) is a flowering plant belonging to the myrtle family Myrtaceae. Its highest level of diversity occurs from Malaysia to northeastern Australia, where many species are poorly known while many more have not been described taxonomically. Most species are evergreen trees and shrubs. Several species are grown as ornamental plants for their attractive glossy foliage, and a few produce edible fruit that are eaten fresh or used in jams and jellies.