Donations in support of our projects in Ecuador and Sumatra are contributing to global conservation efforts to combat rainforest deforestation
Although rainforests only cover 6% of the Earth’s surface they are critical to the health and survival of our plant. Often referred to as the ‘lungs of the planet’ rainforests play a critical role in regulating the Earth’s climate by stimulating rainfall and producing oxygen to which all animals, including humans, depend on for survival.
Unfortunately the impact of human encroachment over the last century has resulted in nearly half of the Earth’s original rainforests already been lost. Each year millions of acres of rainforest continues to be cut down to make way for development and expanding agriculture.
It’s an issue that stretches around the globe – and one that affects us all. But there is hope! Global conservation efforts are combating the impacts of rainforest deforestation. Each year thousands of hectares of rainforest is being protected and restored, all through the collective determination of individuals like you who care about the future of our rainforests.
Since 2003 Rainforest Rescue has been supporting international project partner Rainforest Concern in their efforts to create a critical biodiversity corridor between two of Ecuador’s biological hotspots – the Choco-Darien Rainforest and the Tropical Andes. Contributions by Rainforest Rescue supporters towards our Ecuador Save a Hectare Project have so far contributed to the purchase and protection of 1,584 hectares.
Our appeal in April to extend the corridor through the purchase of an 80-hectare property called “Ponce” raised $15,865 towards this important acquisition. Thank you to all of our supporters who donated to this appeal and who have supported this worthwhile project over the past ten years.
If ever there was a project to be the showcase for rainforest restoration then look no further than the ground-breaking work being undertaken by our international project partner the Orangutan Information Centre (OIC). Working alongside local communities the OIC is reversing the damage caused by illegal clearing for Oil Palms within the Gunung Leuser National Park (GLNP) in North Sumatra.
Listed as a World Heritage Area the GLNP is the last remaining viable habitat for the Critically Endangered Sumatran Orangutan. Since 2009, donations from Rainforest Rescue supporters towards our Orangutan Habitat for Survival Project have contributed to the restoration of 500 hectares of rainforest habitat within the National Park through the removal of illegally planted Oil Palms and the planting of 398,692 rainforest species.
Founder and Director of the OIC Panut Hadisiswoyo was recently awarded the GRASP Ian Redmond Conservation Award in recognition of his efforts to save the Sumatran Orangutan and in 2012 was shortlisted as a UN Hero of the Forest. Hear firsthand from Panut about the work he and his team are undertaking within the Gunung Leuser National Park.
Our recent appeal in August, which coincided with the inaugural World Orangutan Day, has raised a further $6,590 towards this internationally recognised project. On behalf of Panut and his team at the OIC, thank you to everyone who has contributed towards this project.
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