Working with Communities

Education & sustainable livelihoods 

The orangutan shares its forest home with people who rely on the forests for their livelihood and the priceless and essential ecological services it provides. Orangutan Foundation works closely with local partners to support educational and livelihood projects, which promote sustainable forest use and greater local participation in forest management decisions.

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With 80% of orangutans living outside of protected areas it is important to engage with logging concessions, community forests and oil-palm plantations by providing training to develop skills and technical expertise in best management practice. Increasing understanding about orangutans and wildlife will reduce the risk of conflict.

In the UK, Orangutan Foundation offer talks to schools, universities, societies and other organisations and have produced a Rainforest Education Pack aimed at Key Stage I and II.  Download our free teaching resources below.