Paliyan Wildlife Sanctuary


With climate change being a growing concern around the world, MSIG, in collaboration with the Indonesia Ministry of Environment and Forestry, initiated the Rainforest Recovery Project.

By actively restoring and rehabilitating the forest of the Paliyan Wildlife Sanctuary in Yogyakarta Special Province on Java Island, the project seeks to reduce the environmental impact of deforestation and educate the community about the importance of conserving biodiversity for future generations.

The forest will absorb about 70,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over a 20-year period when the project is complete.

Paliyan Wildlife Sanctuary

Phase I: Wildlife reserve restoration & recovery

  • Spanned 6 years from April 2005 to March 2011.
  • 300,000 indigenous trees were planted on roughly 350 hectares of land.
  • The planting and subsequent care of the forest, including fire-prevention patrols, were carried out by the local community.
  • The restoration of the forest also helped to reduce the occurrence of landslides and other natural


Phase II: Establishing a sustainable community

  • Lasted 5 years starting from April 2011.
  • A forest protection framework was created for the locals, sustainable communities were established and an environmental education programme was implemented with the cooperation of local schools.
  • With technical support from the Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd, the project adopted the agroforestry method, which involved planting native trees amongst commercial crops such as fruit trees, corn, paddy and cassava that were considered beneficial to the local communities.
  • In collaboration with the Faculty of Forestry at Gajah Mada University, elementary school teachers were educated about the reforestation project and the importance of forest conservation. This, in turn, enabled them to teach their students about the important role they could play in conserving the forest for future generations.
  • In 2015, MSIG Indonesia donated educational tools such as projectors, musical instruments and fixtures to 12 elementary schools in Paliyan and Saptosari, Yogyakarta. In addition, 20 used computers were distributed to schools, police stations and government organisations around the area.


Phase III: In progress