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Wildlife and our last remaining wild places are being destroyed because of human action or inaction and because of our own short –term greed.

Peter Fearnhead, CEO, African Parks Network, South Africa


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Category: Creating & preserving wildlife habitat

  1. Good news for Rainforests from the Sumatran Orangutan Society

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    We need all the good news we can get for rainforests at the moment, and there's two sets of good news from the Sumatran Orangutan Society today!

    Temporary Moratorium set to become a Permanent one!

    Good News for Rainforests!

    In an email, SOS sent a link to Mongabay which report that a temporary moratorium which prohibits the issuing of new permits to clear primary and peat forests is set to become permanent later this year.   There is more that can be done to strengthen this action, such as including secondary forests, say environmental activists.  

    When it was first introduced back in 2011, the moratorium was largely ineffective in stemming deforestation;  but since 2016, it has been shored up by peat-protection regularions which have helped to slow the loss of forest cover.  And fears that the move would harm the economy have been unfounded. 

    There's also a need to close a loophole which allows primary and peat forests to be razed for rice, sugarcane and other crop planatations.  

    But the move to make the moratorium permanent is a start.  Indonesia has pledged to slash its carbon dioxide emissions by at least 29% by 2030.   Although it is one of the top emitters world-wide, most of the emissions come from deforestation and not the burning of fossil fuels.

    Swing over to Mongabay for more information. 

    And there's more!

    Palm oil plantations to be cleared ready for new forest

    From 2018 to 2019, SOS ran an urgent appeal - the Rainforest Home Appeal.   They needed to raise £870,000 to buy 890 acres. 


    Clearing oil palms starts on Monday 17 June 2019 so that reforestation take place
    Visit SOS, the Sumatran Orangutan Society

    The public did it and the money was raised - and on 17th June 2019, a restoration team will start to clear the oil palm trees using chainsaws.   Once the oil palms have gone, the next phrase of restoration will start, bringing the land closer to being forest again! 


  2. Save land, save species

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    The World Land Trust has just launched its new appeal, to protect forest in Kenya on the coastline.

    Dakatcha has been identified as a Key Biodiversity Area and an Important Bird Area.  It has no official protection – but the future of this habitat could be secured under the ownership of Nature Kenya.

    The World Land Trust partners with Nature Kenya and their current project is to protect 810 acres before the threats of illegal charcoal production, hunting, controlled pineapple farming and the persistent threat of deforestation see this rare area burn.

    Save land by sponsoring an acre – or even quarter of an acre, and you can help save a species.

    You can get involved by sponsoring an acre for £100, half an acre for £50, or a quarter of an acre for £25.00

    So why save Dakatcha?

    The You Tube video below shows the reasons why we should all help save the area.    It’s a vital area for people and animals locally, but it also is the case that every single healthy intact forest we can save will help us in the fight against climate change. 

    New species are still to be found here, as little is known about the forest – but it is known that endangered species such as the Clarke’s Weaver, the Sokoko Scops Owl and the Golden Oriole need this area. 

    Donate £25 to save a quarter of an acre of Dakatcha.

    Donate £50 to save half an acre of Dakatcha.

    Donate £100 to save an acre of Dakatcha.

    The World Land Trust are looking to save 810 acres and people have started to donate to save these acres already :-) 

    I’m making a donation in memory of my wonderful father on this Father’s Day.   He loved his feathered friends and his trees – and he enjoyed a family holiday to Kenya many years ago.  So the ties are there, and I can’t think of a better way to remember my father than save an acre of forest in his memory.

    Save land, save species here.


  3. Join 500 people who want to help fight poaching.

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    The African Wildlife Foundation has an opportunity to match all donations made by new donors by 31 May 2019.

    New donors can DOUBLE THEIR IMPACT

    Help the charity raise $100,000 by that date and your gift will be doubled. Give $10, and will become $20.  Give $25 and it will become $50.   Double your impact with your gift – you give what you can and want to give, and it will be doubled! 

    Join 500 other new donors and fight poachers - they will meet their match!

    The funds raised will help save elephants, rhinos, lions and other species from wildlife traffickers.

    So how will your donation help?  What difference will it make?

    The African Wildlife Foundation says that:

    • Sniffer dogs will track poachers to their hiding places
    • Co-ordination among wildlife authorities will deter poachers
    • Canine detection teams will bust smugglers with 90% accuracy
    • Law enforcement and prosecutors willuse AWF training to build cases against wildlife criminals and impose just sentences
    • New technologies, including drones, will incrase surveillance and a new cybersecurity initiative will help identify international trafficers and disrupt online sales

    The charity are looking for 500 new donors by 31 May 2019 
    UPDATE:  THEY GOT THEM :-) But you can still donate!

    The email I had this morning says that Candice Bergen will kindly double your gift of any amount.  But the charity is needing these donors if that’s to happen.

    They are on the way to achieving that goal – so if you can donate to charity, please take a look at the African Wildlife Foundation and join 500 others (or maybe more!) in making a difference to wildlife.

    I'm in - will you join in as well?  



  4. Save the Penan Forest

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    Help save the Penan Forest from becoming a palm oil plantation

    There’s a petition on Rainforest Rescue that I wanted to tell you about.     

    The Mulu rainforest is being destroyed by greed and corruption.  

    Oil palm plantations are closing in on the ancient rainforests of Sarawak's only UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mulu National Park. The local indigenous Berawan and Penan communities are resisting the project, which would destroy their ancestral forest and livelihoods.  The rainforest is a treasure trove of biodiversity. 

    The Penan and Berawan people need all our help to resist this destruction. 

    Back in 2008, the Chief Minister of Sarawak at the time, Taib Mahmud, granted an oil palm concession to Radiant Lagoon – a Malaysian company.  (His son happened to be the director and controlling shareholder.)

    Palm oil plantations are spreading at a rapid rate in Malaysia which goes against pledges by the Malaysian government and the late Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem to stop the expansion of oil palm monocultures.

    The joint petition by Rainforest Rescue and Bruno Manser Fonds demands a moratorium on the cultivation of new oil palm plantations and an immediate stop to the destruction of rainforest in the Mulu National Park area. 

    Please sign the petition here and let's stop the rot of deforestation