For just $3, the cost of a cup of coffee, you can help create a forest, a home to 500 orangutans.
$3 Can Turn This....
Over the next decade here is how You, GLOBIO, and Yayasan IARI will do that by…
- Planting 750,000 tropical rainforest trees.
- Giving 500 Orangutans and other unique species a new tropical rainforest home.
- Employing local villagers to collect seeds, nurture seedlings, and plant and protect new forest.
- Limiting climate changing by ensuring carbon stays sequestered beneath this new forest in the peat, not released into our atmosphere.
- Trapping more carbon and other gases by growing 750,000 tropical rainforest trees.
- Engaging people globally to learn and donate.
New Forest, New Home
Deforestation and fires across Borneo have stripped orangutans of their forest homes. That damage, is horrific, but not irreparable. One tree at a time we can rebuild the forest home of orangutans and safeguard damaging carbon from being released into the Earth’s atmosphere — and you play a critical part, by donating a tree, gifting a tree, or engaging your class or organization to take up the challenge. To give the forest and orangutans a fresh start, the Orangutan Tree Project will plant and nurture 12,500 seedlings per hectare each year to begin restoring what was lost. In total, the project will plant 750,000 native seedlings over the next 10 years.
The tropical peat swamp forest You help GLOBIO and Yayasan IARI build, in West Kalimantan Borneo, will restore over 1,500 hectares (3,700 acres) of native forest destroyed in the horrific fires of 2015 — A new forest, a new home to over 500 wild and orphaned Critically Endangered Bornean orangutans and other key species. This is peat swamp forest contains megatons of sequestered carbon that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere, contributing significantly to global climate change. Each tree costs just $3 US from seed to seedling. This includes protection for two years by dedicated Orangutan Tree Project team members, until the seedling reaches 2 meters (6-7 feet) tall and begins shading out invasive grasses.
Orangutan Tree Project Educational Resources
In addition to the critical work on the ground GLOBIO is creating as series of learning resources, including videos, educator’s Learning Activity Guides, and web information, about orangutans, peat swamps, climate change and more. Discover that growing range of OTP resources
Orangutan Tree Project
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OTP News Updates
Thank you so much to everyone who has jumped in to help our Orangutan Tree Project take root. You have donated over 700 seedlings in just the first two months – fantastic!
We’re well on our way of reaching our initial goal of 2,000 seedlings by the end of 2019, and 12,500 in the first year.
The first of four steps towards that goal is going on right now — collecting forest seeds. Through November and December our team in Borneo is scouring neighboring intact rainforests collecting a mix of seeds. Seeds from over a half-dozen tropical
trees will then be delivered to the care of local village women’s groups who will plant and nurture the seeds into three-month old, knee-high seedlings. Those young trees will leave the nursery and travel upriver to the landscape once ravaged by fire and left for dead. Their planting and protection by our team over the next two years insures their growth and survival. Two years of nurturing for just $3 a seedling — an insanely cheap investment connecting and protecting species, people and our planet.
When we launched the Orangutan Tree Project (September 2019) we had high hope that you would see it as a positive way of doing something real-world about saving orangutans, helping put the brakes on tropical rainforest loss and applying more than just words to our climate change challenge. Each and every tropical rainforest seedling planted by our partner Yayasan IAR Indonesia is a step towards greater stability for endangered Bornean orangutans and other species. The trees you are helping plant and protect at Pematang Gunung in West Kalimantan Borneo is a tremendous signal that we can change the fate of the forest and the life that resides within.
“Peatlands cover only about three per cent of our planet’s land, but account for nearly half the world’s wetlands.” According to the United Nations Environmental Programme.* They store vast amounts of carbon—twice as much carbon as all the world’s forests.” Much of that three percent is found in the very Bornean tropical peat swamp forests that you are helping us protect and regenerate.
These trees are needed now more than ever. Fortunately, rains came before this year’s fires reached the devastating scale we saw in 2015. The rescue of orangutans by Yayasan IAR Indonesia was critical in August and September, and now we need to secure a new home for these rescued primates. The forest that grows from your seedlings will be part of their future. If you would like to be a part of this new and growing forest donate a seedling.
— Gerry Ellis
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