A future for orangutans, forests and people
The biggest threat facing orangutans is habitat loss. Saving this enigmatic species from extinction demands strategic action directed at safeguarding critical areas of habitat. Having worked in Indonesia for over two decades, the Orangutan Foundation has a wealth of experience, a deep understanding of the situation on the ground and its programmes are guided by sound scientific evidence.
The Orangutan Foundation gives priority to long-term programmes that combine conservation activities with community development. Many Indonesian people live close to areas of orangutan habitat and these people must be involved in any conservation strategy if it is to be successful long-term.
The Orangutan Foundation is safeguarding three areas of critical orangutan habitat in Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo:
Our work involves
- Habitat protection & reforestation
- Orangutan translocation & release
- Capacity building & sustainable livelihoods
- Education & awareness
- Scientific research
The Orangutan Foundation is officially registered in Indonesia through the Indonesian Department of Foreign Affairs, and has MoUs that cover all of its activities with both the Ministry of Forestry/Directorate General for Forest Protection & Nature Conservation (Ditjen PHKA) and its regional representative, the Agency for Conservation of Natural Resources for Central Kalimantan (BKSDA). It is committed to working in co-operation and partnership with local district governments communities.
The Orangutan Foundation also supports the work of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme, based in Medan, Sumatra.
Challenges for the Future
- Ensure protected areas stay protected
- Create new conservation areas to protect all critical wild orangutan populations
- Help mitigate climate change by preventing deforestation
- Secure long-term funding for valuable orangutan habitat