Over a period of 20 years, together with our partners we have restored around 18,500 hectares of heavily degraded rainforest in Borneo, Malaysia. This project, known as “Sow a Seed”, is one of the largest reforestation projects in the world and has now been given the highest protection status in Malaysia. IKEA has funded and actively supported the project together with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and Sabah Foundation, a Malaysian government organisation.
As a result of assisting the natural forest regeneration and replanting three million seedlings of around 80 indigenous species of trees, other species have followed to recreate a forest ecosystem which in many ways is close to the original. And most importantly – wildlife has started to return to the area, including pygmy elephants, orangutans, clouded leopards, and hornbills, as well as other rare species spotted using camera traps.