Saturday, 28 July 2012

The Borneo Survival Foundation

According to the data released by the International Workshop on Population Habitat Viability Analysis (PHVA)-2004, orangutan population in Kalimantan reaches 57,797 individuals. While in Sumatra, the number is 7,501 individuals.
IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) estimated that in one or two decades, orangutans will face extinction. This will likely to happen should there be no serious effort taken into account in avoiding it. (Source: Dr Sri Suci Utami Atmoko, Book: Di Ambang Kepunahan [In the Face of Extinction], and PPS Ragunan).
To prevent extinction, in 1991, The Tropenbos Foundation in Balikpapan with the coordination of the Directorate General of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation of the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry, started the orangutan conservation project. Three years later, The Balikpapan Orangutan Society was founded. In 2003, the foundation was renamed to The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation.
At the moment, the foundation has 4 programs, those are:
1. East Kalimantan Orangutan Reintroduction Program At Samboja Lestari
In close coordination with the local Police Force and the East Kalimantan Conservation and Natural Resources Authority (BKSDA), the Foundation started to conduct rescue efforts, including confiscating domesticated orangutans. The rescued orangutans will have to undergo quarantine and rehabilitation processes, before they can be released back in their natural habitat. The purpose of the rehabilitation process is to give knowledge to the orangutans—especially orphaned baby orangutans—so they can live like normal wild orangutans in the forest.
In 2005, PROKT-SL successfully established a sustainable management model of Gunung Beratus Protected Forest. The big change came in 2006 when the Wanariset Samboja area was no longer adequate to sustain the number of orangutans; thus the move to Samboja Lestari.
In addition to orangutan reintroduction, BOSF also manages a sunbear sanctuary with currently 51 sunbears under its care. Since 1998, BOSF has been regularly receiving sunbears (Helarctos malayanus) from BKSDA. To create a protected area for orangutans, sunbears, as well as birds and other wildlife, BOSF conducts rehabilitation, reforestation and arboretum activities. Encompassing an area of 1,852.63 hectares, Samboja Lestari has succesfully transformed unused and damaged lands into a productive forest and protected area for wildlife.
2. Central Kalimantan Orangutan Reintroduction Program At Nyaru Menteng
3. Mawas Conservation Program
The Mawas Conservation Program is a conservation program for wild orangutans and their habitat. BOSF founded the Mawas Conservation Program with the purpose of showcasing that we can conserve a diverse ecosystem, which contains a high-level of carbon to slow down climate change through cooperation at international levels. BOSF expects to be able to protect the 309,000-hectare of peatland forest in Central Kalimantan through various programs conducted alongside the local government and local communities.
4. Program Restorasi Habitat Orangutan (RHO)
The Forestry Minister of Indonesia has issued a Decree dated August 18, 2010, which will allow BOSF to release rehabilitated orangutans into an ecosystem restoration concession of PT. RHOI in the East Kutai District and Kutai Kartanegara District of East Kalimantan, Indonesia, beginning early next year.
To help make the orangutan release a success, BOSF is appealing for support from its global, national and local stakeholders by launching a program called the Orangutan Habitat Restoration Program (RHO/Program Restorasi Habitat Orangutan). The main objective of the RHO Program is to accelerate the preparation of new habitats for the orangutans in the release locations.
The Program will initially manage the restoration of habitat in the recently acquired lease concession for restored natural forest, an area of 86,450 hectares, located in the East Kutai District and Kutai Kartanegara District of East Kalimantan. Other forest concessions are under consideration for future orangutan release sites.
"No body can do everything, but everyone can do something."
WHAT CAN WE DO?
2. Donate
4. Spread the information
The more people know, the more people care, the more people might have chances to help, the more orangutans safe.

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