Santos Organics has taken action to ensure every product they stock is free from unsustainable and untraceable palm oil and palm derived ingredients.Read more
Don’t miss this rare and exciting opportunity to learn from the rainforest defenders of the Orangutan Information Centre. Panut Hadisiswoyo, Founding Director and award-winning environmentalist, and Nayla Azmi, Communications Officer, will share their incredible work in a special interactive event on Sunday the 18th of August.Read more
Location: Kalimantan, Indonesia
Action: Supporting Dayak people in the protection of their rainforests
Threatened Species: Bornean Orangutan, Bornean Sun Bear, Bornean Pygmy Elephant, Sunda Pangolin
Habitat: Tropical Rainforest
Threats: Imposition of industrial agriculture resulting in the loss of habitat, oil palm plantations
Our Partner: Ranu Welum Foundation
Total Cost of Project: $250,000
The rainforests of Indonesian Borneo are being cut down and set ablaze to clear land for oil palm plantations. This is an absolute tragedy for the indigenous Dayak peoples who continue to resist the destruction of the rainforests and the impact on their culture. The burning of rainforest to create land for oil palm plantations negatively impacts the health of Dayak people causing illness and death.
The Ranu Welum Foundation, an initiative of young Dayak people, has been formed to stand up for social justice, Dayak culture, indigenous rights, and the protection of the rainforests in Kalimantan.
Destruction of rainforest for oil palm plantations. Picture by Paul Daley.
Problem and urgency
The Dayak people of Kalimantan are resisting colonisation and the resulting economic disadvantage and marginalisation of their people. The fires lit to burn the rainforest and clear the land is killing critically endangered wildlife. Thousands of animals have lost their homes and undoubtedly their lives to the flames.
The exploitation of the rainforest by governments and corporations is releasing carbon into the atmosphere. The preservation of the rainforests of Kalimantan is if immense importance to humanity and this is being led by the young Dayak people of the Ranu Welum Foundation. They need our support.
The Ranu Welum Foundation was founded by Emmanuela Shinta. We are supporting the Ranu Welum Foundation in three ways.
Dayak Filmmakers Use Media & Digital Literacy for Social Impact
Mentoring young Dayak people in filmmaking including pre-production, production and post-production.
Replanting our Future - Indonesian Youth leading the regeneration of ancient forest in Kalimantan
Rainforest restoration through tree planting and natural regeneration and by supporting the Youth Firefighter squad (1 Unit of 25 people) to suppress fires.
Sustaining the Ranu Welum Foundation
By providing funding for core administration to ensure the stability of the organisation and to provide high levels of accountability and reporting to stakeholders.
The Ranu Welum Foundation has several related projects that involve:
- Self-determination and the assertion of indigenous rights and maintenance of indigenous culture
- Rainforest restoration, tree planting to restore rainforest ecosystems
- Communication of related issues through filmmaking, website redevelopment etc.
A total of AUD $250,000 annually is needed to support these initiatives.
The Ranu Welum Foundation are:
- Empowering young Dayak people to speak up about the indigenous issues and take action as part of the solution.
- Equipping young indigenous with various skills through training and learning opportunities that will help them to bring impact to the communities.
- Preserving the culture by documenting the stories and wisdom from the elders in the form of videos, films, and articles.
- Strengthening Dayak communities through public events that are oriented to the celebration of identity.
- Bring Dayak voices to the world through a digital platform.
- Tackling environmental issues such as forest fire, river pollution, palm oil, and mining expansion through campaigns and projects.
- Lobbying and doing advocacy work at the national and international levels for indigenous people's rights.
Through this Dayak culture and the rainforest of Kalimantan will be maintained and protected.
Rainforest 4 has added its support to the Orangutan Information Centre and their overwhelmingly positive action to protect and restore rainforest in Sumatra, which has included the planting of 1,775,153 trees!Read more
Location: North Sumatra, Indonesia
Action: Removal of Oil Palms and Habitat Restoration
Area: One hectare
Price per tree: $1
Threatened Species: Sumatran Orangutan, Sumatran Tiger, Sumatran Elephant
Habitat: Lowland Tropical Rainforest
Threats: Loss of habitat, oil palm plantations, illegal hunting and logging
Our Partner: Orangutan Information Centre
Total Cost of Project: $10,000
Oil Palm plantations are expanding all over the island of Sumatra devastating the rainforest habitat and the world-renowned Leuser Eco-system in North Sumatra is now under threat. If we want the Sumatran orangutan to survive we must protect their most viable remaining rainforest habitat. We must take direct action to protect the boundaries of the Gunung Leuser National Park.
Time is running out for Critically Endangered Sumatran Orangutans with their population now reduced to 14,600 individuals. To save the Sumatran Orangutan we are evicting oil palm companies from the Gunung Leuser National Park, cutting down oil palms with chainsaws, replanting the rainforest and maintaining a physical presence to prevent illegal activities like logging, poaching and hunting.
Threat to Wildlife, Climate, People and Planet
The 2.6 million-hectare Leuser Ecosystem in Sumatra, Indonesia is the last place on Earth where orangutans, rhinoceros, elephants and tigers co-exist in the wild. Sun bears and many other animal species are found there too, along with a great diversity of plants, estimated at 10,000 species with 17 endemic genera.
The Sumatran orangutan is now listed as a Critically Endangered and its population has dropped to 14,600 individuals. The primary cause of their rapid decline is the loss of rainforest habitat. This destruction is occurring through the clearing of rainforest to establish more oil palm plantations. Even the World Heritage listed Gunung Leuser National Park in North Sumatra has been encroached by greedy oil palm companies.
The Orangutan Information Centre is an Indonesian non-government organisation dedicated to the conservation of the Sumatran Orangutan and their rainforest homes. With our help, they are actively restoring rainforest inside the Gunung Leuser National Park that has been illegally encroached upon by palm oil companies and small-scale farmers who have now been evicted. Their team is now actively restoring hundreds of hectares of rainforest as habitat for Sumatran orangutans and other threatened species.
The Orangutan Information Centre rainforest restoration team live on-site 24/7 in the restoration field cabins. Plant nurseries are located adjacent to the cabins and local people are employed in propagating and growing trees. This presence deters further illegal encroachment along the borders of the Gunung Leuser National Park. Through doing this work the Orangutan Information Centre are also saving the intact rainforest by stopping further encroachment of the national park and deforestation of the Leuser Ecosystem. Restoring rainforest will also help address Climate Change. Every tree that’s planted takes carbon out of the atmosphere through a natural process called bio-sequestration.
The Orangutan Information Centre has removed thousands of illegally planted oil palms. This land is now being replanted with rainforest trees. To continue this work, we are restoring an additional four hectares of the rainforest by planting 10,000 trees which will be supplemented by natural regeneration.
We are now raising $10,000, which will enable the planting of another 10,000 trees to keep this successful program going and growing. It will involve site preparation, planting, maintenance for three years, monitoring and reporting.
Please make a tax-deductible donation today to help us plant trees for the Critically Endangered Sumatran Orangutan. Each $20 we raise will plant 20 trees in the Gunung Leuser National Park.