PLEASE HELP ORANGUTANS TO SURVIVE
Sponsor a Hectare – $1,750
Sponsor 10 Trees (grow in nursery, plant & maintain for 3 years) – $50
Please sponsor a hectare. We will give you the google coordinates, erect a plaque with your name (individual or organisation), and send you annual updates of planting activity and tree survival rates. Or sponsor 10 Trees.
Contact us if you would like to help Orangutans in Kalimantan (Borneo)
Help us rebuild native forest habitat in Kalimantan (Borneo) in Tanjung Puting National Park and Lamandau Reserve, some the last remaining protected sites containing large populations of Orangutan. Within these protected areas Orangutan can live in safety from being killed as pests by farmers, palm oil plantation staff, mining, illegal loggers. But vast areas of the National Park and the Reserve are depleted of forest from previous times of farming, logging, mining, and forest fires. Approximately 65% of Tanjung Puting National Park and 50% of Lamandau Reserve is severely degraded or cleared of forest. We are actively working to reforest these areas.
In addition to providing more habitat for these populations, FNPF rescues Orangutan from surrounding farms and palm oil plantations and relocates them to the safety of these protected areas. Our reforestation projects are rebuilding native habitat to support an increasing population of Orangutan.
We typically select a site for reforestation that is adjacent to existing forest. Our objective is often to create “corridors” to connect existing patches of forests to each other. Corridors enable Orangutan and other wildlife to travel from one area to another in safety and with access to food.
Our approach to reforestation in Kalimantan has been developed over many years, dating back to 1998 when we started work in Tanjung Puting National Park. Each reforestation project is planned over a 3 year time line. Year 1, we create a nursery close to the reforestation site, grow thousands of native saplings, and prepare the planting site. At the end of year 1 / start of year 2, we plant the saplings. Planting is done in the dry season. In the wet season the water level is often too high for staff to plant saplings or for saplings to survive.
The saplings are then maintained for the following 2 years (cut back aggressive weed / grasses from killing the young saplings, replace dead saplings with new, protect the area from forest fires). After 3 years the saplings are tall and strong enough to survive without regular maintenance. Our approach results in over 70% sapling survival after 3 years.
We then continue to plant more saplings on a more adhoc basis, replacing those that die, and to increase the diversity of species.
Our saplings are grown from seed, seedlings and cuttings collected from the native forest. We have also had significant success using grafting.
We plant at least 400 saplings per hectare, but depending on resources (ie. money to employ local staff), we try to plant over 2,000 per hectare.
A Hectare costs approximately $1,750 to reforest and to achieve at least 70% survival after 3 years (ie. 1 year growing and planting saplings, 2 years maintenance and protection of saplings). The primary cost is employing people from the nearby villages. In doing so, we also deliver our conservation education programme to the communities, including “community planting days” and “conservation camps” with the local children.
Please sponsor a hectare and we will give you the google coordinates, erect a plaque with your name (individual or organisation), and send you annual updates of planting activity and tree survival rates. Contact us if you would like to Sponsor a Hectare.