These guides normally take tourists through the national parks but because of COVID-19, the Indonesian government has closed the parks to tourists. This means that the income supporting the guides’ families has vanished overnight. Food security is tenuous.
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It is often used as an “eco-friendly” alternative to fossil fuels – but every time a farmer sets fire to the rainforest and underlying peatlands in Borneo, it destroys one of the world’s largest natural carbon sinks. And it kills orangutans.
Borneo, an island located in Southeast Asia, is split between the countries of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei.
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Borneo orangutans cannot be found anywhere else on earth. If we don’t act, they won’t be found in Borneo, either.
Governments are fighting back. The EU is very worried about this deforestation and it is phasing out palm-oil based biofuels for now. Indonesia is contesting this decision at the World Trade Organisation, and hoping it will make the EU back down and change its mind.
Luckily, some governments are fighting back. The European Union is particularly concerned about this deadly and rampant deforestation, and it is phasing out palm-oil based biofuels for the time being. Indonesia has responded by contesting this decision at the World Trade Organization, hoping to force the EU to back down and change its mind.
They work to save the forests of the Leuser Ecosystem by addressing the survival of people living near the ecosystem’s buffer zone.
Back in 2019, they enabled farmers to plant 5,000 fruit trees. They are growing another 5,000 in their community tree nursery – and these will be planted in 2020.
The team has started to work with farmers on bee-keeping as another way to make a living. An expert visited them in January 2020 to train the farmers who were taking part in how to set up beehive and the hives will have bees in them very soon!
NFC also has implemented its border patrol team. They have been trained by national part officers and they are working on a number of things:
They maintain the trails along the national park border
They fix and replace signs
They record observations about wildlife tracks and signs along the border
They meet with farmers to build trust and gain their understanding so that they can appreciate how the farmers feel about wildlife.
The team has also installed camera traps along animal trails. These will give them a good understanding of the kind of wildlife in the area – wild pigs, Thomas leaf monkeys and porcupines have been spotted already. This is invaluable information because it helps the team plan their work with farmers and their crops.
This is all very exciting, because locals are essential in any battle to preserve habitat for wildlife and yet give those living there an income.
If you watched the first series of Orangutan Jungle School, then there's good news - the programme is back for a second series!
The programme follows the adventures, trials and tribulations, successes and failures of the orphan orangutans who are attending Orangutan Jungle School to learn the skills they will need to survive and thrive in the wild.