Jelutung (Dyera polyphylla) agroforestry on drained peatlands

Dyera polyphylla, which is locally known as jelutung, is a tree that produces latex. The latex is used for chewing gums, insulator, tube, and others. The wood is soft and bright colour, which can be used for pulp, plywood, pencil, wooden toy, and others. It naturally grows on peat swamp forests in Sumatra and Kalimantan (Indonesian part of Borneo). Along with fast deforestation, population of wild jelutung is decreasing. In the era of degraded peatland restoration, jelutung was promoted to be pl anted in reforestation and afforestation. Enrichment planting with jelutung in the existing tree crops would increase biomass and carbon sequestration. Farmers will get additional income from the latex of jelutung and cash crops (such as galangal dan ginger). Farmers would protect their land and farms from fir. To sum up, community collaboration is important on peatland management, as they are integral part of the landscape.
  • Authors: Tata, H.L.
  • Author Affiliation: Kementerian Lingkungan Hidup dan Kehutanan Indonesia
  • Subjects: agroforestry, peatlands, reforestation
  • Publication type: Factsheet
  • Year: 2016
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