Selong Selo


Embracing regenerative agroforestry for sustainable tourism in Lombok

In the heart of the Indonesian archipelago, the island of Lombok is at an environmental crossroad. Driven by unsustainable agricultural practices and rapid ecological changes, the land and its people are in urgent need of a sustainable transformation.

The Challenge

The lush forests of South Lombok, near Selong Selo Resort, have been affected by deforestation, agricultural expansion, and the demands of a growing tourism industry. This has led to soil erosion, loss of biodiversity, and altered rainfall patterns, which in turn, threaten food security and livelihoods for local communities.

Our Vision

In response to these challenges, the Selo Footprints Foundation, in collaboration with World Relief Australia (WRA), has launched the Regenerative Land Management in Lombok campaign, an initiative aimed at revitalizing this beautiful island’s landscapes and communities through regenerative agroforestry and sustainable tourism. Our goal is to implement sustainable land practices that not only restore environmental health but also provide stable, productive livelihoods for the local communities.

What is Regenerative Agroforestry?

Regenerative agroforestry goes beyond traditional farming by integrating trees, crops, and livestock into a single, sustainable system. This approach not only revitalizes the land but also supports green travel in Lombok by creating a robust ecosystem that tourists can explore and learn from, contributing to local eco-tourism activities.

Core Practices of Regenerative Agroforestry:

  • Silvopasture: Integrating trees into pasturelands enhances biodiversity, provides shade andshelter for livestock, and improves animal welfare and pasture productivity. This symbiotic relationship between trees and livestock operations helps optimize land use and increases carbon storage.
  • Alley Cropping: Strategic planting of rows of trees alongside crops reduces wind erosion, enhances soil structure, and optimizes water usage, allowing for multiple crop cycles in a year. The trees act as windbreaks, improve microclimates, and support biodiversity, fostering a more resilient agricultural system.
  • Forest Farming: Cultivating medicinal herbs, spices, and specialty crops under the canopy of existing forests protects these plants from direct sunlight, enhancing their growth. This method utilizes the natural ecosystem to promote a diverse understory crop yield, which can be more sustainable and profitable.
  • Riparian Buffers: Establishing vegetated zones along rivers and streams in agricultural landscapes helps filter out sediments and nutrients from runoff, protecting water sources and reducing pollution. These buffers also provide critical wildlife habitat and link fragmented ecosystems.

Purpose and Benefits:

  • Ecosystem and Biodiversity: These practices play a crucial role in preserving Lombok’s uniqueflora and fauna, supporting environmental conservation efforts that are vital for sustainabletourism.
  • Economic and Community Impact: Regenerative agroforestry enhances local livelihoods byproviding more stable and diversified income sources, which are essential for the community’slong-term prosperity and autonomy.
  • Attractions for Eco-friendly Travel: The initiative enhances eco-friendly villas in Lombok andother accommodations by surrounding them with rejuvenated landscapes that offer guests unique, immersive experiences in nature.

Project Highlights

  • Location: The initiative is based in South Central Lombok, focusing on areas around Selong Selo Resort and the adjacent Mareje Bonga State Production Forest.
  • Community Involvement: Central to our project is the empowerment of local communities, including significant roles for women in managing plant nurseries and participating in training programs.
  • Eco-Tourism Integration: By aligning with the local tourism industry, we aim to create a sustainable model that benefits both the environment and the economy.

How Your Donations Help

Every donation to the Regenerative Land Management in Lombok goes directly towards:

  • Establishing and maintaining regenerative agroforestry plots.
  • Building facilities for integrated waste management and community training centres.
  • Developing eco-tourism activities that complement our environmental goals and support localeconomic growth.

Join Us in Making a Difference

Help us create meaningful impact in Lombok. By supporting the Regenerative Land Management initiative, you contribute to a sustainable future for one of Indonesia’s most precious islands.

Visit our donation page to make your contribution today. Every bit helps, and together, we can transform Lombok for the better.

All donations are tax-deductible and will be recorded, with an annual statement issued at the end of the financial year, as part of our commitment to transparency and accountability in partnership with the World Relief Overseas Aid Fund.

The journey to restore Lombok’s environmental integrity and enhance the well-being of its residents has begun. With your support, we can turn the tide towards a sustainable and prosperous future. Stay tuned to our website and follow us on social media for regular updates on our progress and stories from the field.

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