IKEA rehabilitates Borneo rainforest by planting 3 million trees
In an attempt to rehabilitate a rainforest destroyed by logging and forest fires at Luasong in east coast Sabah, Borneo, Swedish furniture giant IKEA planted 3 million trees in the area and gave it a new lease of life.
In the initial phase, IKEA customers contributed generously with start-up funding for the project. Since then, the IKEA Group took full responsibility for finishing the project and ensuring planting and maintenance of 18,500 hectares of lowland rainforest.
Today we are seeing the wildlife returning to the once burned down forest,” said Jan Faulk with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
In addition to protecting the reforested area from logging for 50 years, the project has contributed to the building of homes, meeting places for social events, and field accommodations for the more than 150 workers and their families who are involved in the project.