Worldwide Projects

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Recent Worldwide Projects Rainforest Concern - Rainforest protection - Working with indigenous Yananawa people in Brazil RSPB - Illegal hunting of migratory birds GRABE-BENIN - Trees of Life Melca - Ethiopia forest re-generation and re-planting projects Fauna & Flora International - The International Gorilla Protection Programme MICAIA, Mozambique - Restoration of indigenous forests, Manica Province Mupo Foundation - Restoring Depleted Forests, Limpopo Province, South Africa Wildlife Conservation Society - Ambatotsirongorongo Forest Restoration Project - Madagascar David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation - Conservation of the Indian one-horned rhinoceros Orangutan Foundation - Orangutang habitat protection - Tanjung Putting National Park Indonesia Polar Bear International - Polar Bear monitoring - Canada

Orangutan Foundation

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Safeguarding Priority Orangutan Habitats-Indonesian Borneo

Indonesia has one of the highest rates of tropical forest loss in the world, and illegal logging and forest clearance for palm oil production is rife. The critically endangered Bornean Orangutan has been suffering from habitat loss as a result of conversion of forest to palm oil plantations and other agricultural developments, encroachment, illegal logging and forest fires. This loss of habitat was aggravated during the last extreme El Nino dry season in 2015 that resulted in extensive loss of forest cover due to devastating forest fires. Increased patrolling in priority habitats to prevent illegal activities, increasing local capacity to deal with outbreaks of fires, restoring forest habitats through re=planting degraded areas and reintroducing rescued Orangutans back to the wild will all help to safeguard Orangutans and their forest habitats. All these activities will be conducted in collaboration with local stakeholders and authorized government agencies. The project is located in Central Kalimantan Province, Indonesian Borneo. The main project site is the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve which was established in 1998. The other location is Tanjung Puting National Park. Both sites are priority habitats for Orangutan conservation and contain many endangered species including hornbills, eagles, Proboscis monkeys, gibbons and Clouded Leopard. Restore UK has donated to the Orangutan Foundation to support their vital work to protect this area by preventing illegal logging, the arbitrary granting of palm oil concessions and the illegal clearance of land for palm oil by fire - all of which continue to threaten destruction of this precious habitat.

We do not have the moral right to destroy this wonder of the natural world. We are at the very last tick of the clock. We have to take this opportunity and if we do not do something to protect these forests we have betrayed the generations that come after us.

Sir David Attenborough
Speech on Rainforests to Business Leaders, Mansion House, London, 2008