We are working to rewild vital orangutan habitat that has been destroyed by illegal oil palm plantations within the Gunung Leuser National Park. We're seeing some really exciting results, with lots of wildlife starting to return to the restored areas of forest - including orangutans, elephants, sun bears, gibbons, leopard cats and many endangered bird species. We work with the local people, empowering, educating and encouraging them to become guardians of their forests and wildlife.
Over the last 25 years, orangutan habitat has been badly affected by pressures on forests from human activity. The forests orangutans inhabit are vital not only for the survival of orangutans and other critically endangered species such as Sumatran tigers, elephants and rhinos, but for around four million people who depend on the Leuser Ecosystem for crucial ecological services.
Replanting damaged forests rewilds lost habitat, and engages local people in protecting the park in the future. We set up organic tree nurseries and forestry centres near degraded forest areas, and provide training for communities. This project focuses on rehabilitating degraded land within the Gunung Leuser National Park, planting hundreds of thousands of tree seedlings.
Sumatran orangutans are rare and precious and we want to ensure they have a safe future. Their rainforest habitat is vital for them and for thousands of other species. As well as rewilding damaged land, this project will bring environmental awareness, education and training to local indigenous communities, who then become the guardians of the forests.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).