Willie Smits is planting new forests in different parts of Indonesia, focussing mostly on Borneo and Sulawesi. To do so, he uses plots that are useless to both man and nature, namely grassland that is eroded by previous logging and/or fire. Willie has developed a process with which he can regrow a forest in several years; after 5 years a reasonable forest has already come back. And with that, the ecosystem and diversity of animal and plant life` returns as well.
Sugar Palm is not to be confused with the highly destructive Oil Palm. Sugar Palms only grow in a diverse forest, in which many other animal and plant species live, whereas for monotonous palm oil plantations, millions of acres of precious rainforest are destroyed. In these monotone plantations the original plants and trees do not grow. Climate change takes place, valuable animals and plants become extinct, clean drinking water is scarce. When we protect the rain forest, we can turn these disasters around. The preservation of the forest is the preservation of ourselves.