“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.” – Chris Maser
One of the important programs of Dana Foundation is to respond environmental issues within communities. In 2007, a participatory data-gathering tool, known as Participatory Rural Appraisal, was used to make a socio-economic profile and map out the resources and resource-use conflicts in the target areas. The result of this assessment gave birth to its first project, Riverbank Rehabilitation, which was started in 2009.
In partnership with the different groups and stakeholders, tree planting along the rivers and watershed areas was initiated with 2,900 mahogany, 400 durian and 400 bamboo seedlings planted. Today, through planting of fruit trees and bamboo, trainings, campaigns, and seminars conducted, farmers and other women are not only protecting the environment but also gets additional source of income through establishing tree nurseries.