Project information

A future for orangutans, forests and people

The Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve, an important forest that provides habitat for the endangered Bornean orangutan and other endangered wildlife species. The Orangutan Foundation will work in close collaboration with all stakeholders to protect this critical habitat in Indonesian Borneo.

January 2012 - December 2012

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  • Need


    Safe and secure habitat for orangutans (wild and ex-captive) is increasingly being lost and is the greatest threat to the survival of this endangered great ape. Until recently the Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve was subject to significant levels of illegal activities, including illegal logging, oil palm expansion and outbreaks of fire. Greater involvement of all stakeholders for the future management of the area needs to be a priority.


    This project will offer protection to the forests and orangutans within the reserve through patrols, fire prevention strategies and by providing monitoring and veterinary care. It will build on past successful initiatives and bring together the key stakeholders (villages, local government, local industry etc), who are involved in the future management of the reserve.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Ensure the wildlife reserve is properly protected from illegal activities and fire.


    » Operate guard posts and regular patrols to protect the wildlife reserve
    » Fire prevention and monitoring measures are carried out
    » Conservation education to encourage the local communities to participate in the reserve’s protection and refrain from illegal activities

    Success will be to reduce the level of illegal activities in the reserve and a reduction in the number of fires and the extent that areas get burnt.

    Aim 2

    Provide monitoring and veterinary care for released orangutans and wild rescued orangutans.


    » Ongoing monitoring of released orangutans in the reserve
    » Translocation of orangutans from conflict areas where their lives are in imminent danger. Pre-release veterinary checks will be undertaken.

    Success will be monitored through the reporting on individual orangutan health and physical condition.

    Aim 3

    Support and implementation of the 20 year management plan for the wildlife reserve.


    » Carry out community outreach meetings to maintain support for the reserve and its management.
    » Facilitate co-ordination among stakeholders for the implementation of the 20-Year Management Plan

    Continued commitment and support from all stakeholders, in particular local communities, for the conservation of the reserve and surrounding areas.

  • Impact


    The project will help to increase support and protection of the wildlife reserve. The 20 year management plan will for the first time involve all stakeholders in management of the reserve. The project will be successful if stakeholders value the reserve, respect the boundaries of the reserve and support the work being undertaken. This will also be demonstrated through the absence of or insignificant illegal activities within the reserve.


    The wildlife reserve is a low risk area. Malaria is a potential health problem. All workers are covered under the government run Jamsostek social security system, covering death or accident in service.


    The Orangutan Foundation will provide major project donors with a formal final report including images at the end of one year. The Orangutan Foundation will feature the project in all its publications including news stories and regular progress reports suitable for web or other media release.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £25,000 Staff Salaries Salaries for key staff implementing the project
      £4,000 Travel Travel (including flights) for governmental meetings and community visits.
      £5,700 Field Supplies Logisitics for staff working in the reserve, food,
      £2,800 Mapping Determine habitat quality within the reserve and produce quality maps
      £2,500 Stakeholder Meetings Meetings to include and involve all stakeholders in management of the reserve
  • Background


    The Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve is a 76,000 hectare wildlife reserve and government designated orangutan release site in Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. The reserve lies between two major river systems, one of which runs out into the sea.


    The inclusion of stakeholders through this project will lead to better understanding of the value of the reserve which will bring about the right social environment to implement the future collaborative management. It will build a strong sense of ownership among local governments and communities of their local natural heritage. This project will proivde a sustainble future for orangutans, forests and people.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Orangutan Foundation is a UK registered charity that is officially registered in Indonesia through the Indonesian Department of Foreign Affairs, and has an MoU with the Ministry of Forestry and with the local wildlife department that covers activities in this proposal. The Foundation has worked in Central Kalimantan for more than 20 years.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Astri Rozanah Siregar - Project Co-Ordinator

    Astri Siregar has experience of working in collaboration with stakeholders and she will play a pivotal in implementing the reserve's management plan.

    M. Jakirudin - Patrol Manager

    Jakirudin is experienced in managing rangers and guard posts in conservation areas and has intimate knowledge of Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve.


will pay for one forest ranger for one month.

The work of the Orangutan Foundation punches far above its weight…they deserve our strong support at every level.

Joanna Lumley