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Project information

Keep forests standing and orangutans in the wild

The future of the critically endangered Bornean orangutan depends upon vast areas of intact tropical forest. This project will support the Orangutan Foundation’s Habitat Protection Programme in two protected areas, totalling over a million acres in Indonesian Borneo.


Charity information: Orangutan Foundation

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  • Need


    The Bornean orangutan’s population is forecast to decline by 86% due to the destruction and fragmentation of its globally important tropical forests. Protected areas and the wildlife they contain are at risk from illegal activities, fires, logging, mining and Indonesian forest law enforcement is weak and poorly resourced. This project will address two conservation priorities: the protection and restoration of wild orangutan habitat.


    Guard posts and patrols are the most effective way to protect orangutan habitat. Orangutan Foundation has built 10 strategically located guard posts on the borders and river entrances to two protected areas. Staff are equipped to monitor and report illegal activities. Fire-fighting training and equipment allows patrol staff to respond quickly to extinguish fires to prevent them spreading. Degraded forest areas will be restored to help maintain a healthy functioning ecosystem.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Protect 1 million acres of tropical forest and its orangutan population


    » Operate 10 guard posts staffed by Orangutan Foundation to monitor entry and activities in and around the protected areas
    » Conduct routine patrols, with local communities, to prevent illegal activities and forest degradation
    » Provide fire-fighting equipment to guard posts.
    » Block illegal logging canals to prevent forest drying out and therefore reduce fire-risk

    What success will look like

    A reduction of incidents of illegal activity (including fires) with the protected forest areas.

    Aim 2

    Restore degraded forest within the protected areas to maintain a functioning healthy ecosystem


    » Grow and care for saplings in a purpose-built nursery until ready for planting out.
    » Plant out approximately 20,000 saplings annually.
    » Monitor progress of planted saplings

    What success will look like

    Success will be 20,000 saplings planted out with a high percentage of seedling survival.

    Aim 3

    Species conservation of the critically endangered orangutan


    » Operate 4 orangutan release camps, including supplementary care and monitoring of released and wild orangutans.
    » Provide veterinary monitoring and treatment for orangutan population.
    » Run a research station within protected area to highlight value of biodiversity

    What success will look like

    Success will be a healthy breeding population of orangutans

  • Impact


    This project will increase community participation to empower them in the future protection of the forests. This will help safeguard the million acres of tropical forest and 4,500 critically endangered orangutans. We will demonstrate our success by a reduction in the number of illegal activities carried out by surrounded communities. We will monitor forest cover and land use through of conservation drones and satellite imagery.


    There are no major risks to this project. The Orangutan Foundation gives priority to long-term programmes that combine conservation activities with the development of local communities to ensure programmes remain successful for the future. All equipment and facilities are regularly maintained to prevent damage or injury to staff or visitors. The political and economic situation in Central Kalimantan is stable and safe.


    Donors, who wish, will receive a monthly email update on the Orangutan Foundation’s work. A specific annual project report will be emailed.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,800 Forest Patrols Conduct routine patrols to prevent deforestation and forest degradation
      £2,000 Smart Patrols Promoting the use of technology to help with patrolling and monitoring.
      £3,350 Habitat protection equipment Logistical support and equipment (generator, hosing, jetpack water shooters) for guard posts
      £3,000 Forest restoration Re- planting 20,000 seedlings in degraded forest areas
      £2,850 Research support Logistical support for the research and promotion of tropical forest conservation
  • Background


    The project is located in Central Kalimantan Province, Indonesian Borneo and will focus on two protected areas, Tanjung Puting National Park and Lamandau Wildlife Reserve. Tanjung Puting National Park was formed in 1984. In recognition of the uniqueness of the ecosystem the park has been recognized as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Lamandau Wildife Reserve was officially formed and recognised in 1998.


    Protection of the critically endangered Bornean orangutan and other threatened species. Carbon-rich forests are vital in mitigating climate change, providing ecosystem services such as fresh water, prevention of flooding and breeding grounds for fish. The Orangutan Foundation employs 60 Indonesian staff, 50 are directly involved with the project. They receive training opportunities. The standing forests also provide permitted sustainable income generation for local communities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Orangutan Foundation has been working in the province of Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, for over 25 years. It has built up a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the situation on the ground. Orangutan Foundation has MoU’s with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry/Directorate General for Natural Resources Conservation and Ecosystem and its regional representatives. It is committed to working in co-operation and partnership with local district governments and communities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ashley Leiman OBE

    Founder and director/trustee of Orangutan Foundation. Ashley's commitment and dedication to providing ongoing habitat protection is key.


    Orangutan Foundation’s Patrol Manager. Jakir leads the team on the ground, in Indonesia, who are responsible for protecting the forests.

    Imanuddin Utoro

    Programme Manager responsible for overseeing the project and leading the move towards technology to advance and strengthen habitat protection.


Protects 100 acres of forest for one year