Supporting fire fighters to protect Rainforest in Borneo

Championed by:  Marie Gale, Ecolodges Indonesia Conservation Fund

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$8,000

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$1,950  raised
$6,050 needed

This project has completed

Deadline  30 June 2016

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Supporting fire fighters to protect Rainforest in Borneo

Marie Gale, Ecolodges Indonesia Conservation Fund

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                        Left to right: Hakim (Ecolodges Indonesia), Adut (FNPF), Suday (National Parks)  

Tanjung Puting National Park, Borneo

Late last year over 90,000 hectares of rainforest was destroyed by a fire, the worst in Indonesia's history.

We are supporting the creation of a team of 15 local fire fighters

- so this year they can be ready. 

 

 

 

        

We need your help to get this fire team equipped and ready to protect the forest and reforestation sites before August.

They need to protect key habitat areas for orangutans, feeding stations for released orangutans and the reforestation sites.

 

This National Park is critical in the fight to save the endangered orangutan and many other endangered and threatened species.

The impact of both the El Nino and climate change are again expected to bring hazardous fire conditions to Indonesia this dry season.

 

We are working with many local groups including the National Park and FNPF (Friends of the National Parks Foundation).

FNPF is an Indonesian not-for-profit organisation that has been planting rainforest trees in the degraded areas of the Park for the last 10 years.

Last year they lost around 130,000 young trees in the fires. Years and years of hard work lost. It was heart breaking.

But already they have gathered donations and volunteers and have replanted about 13,000 new seedlings. 

Ecolodges Indonesia is helping build a nursery to prepare new seedlings from the generous donations from our last campaign over Christmas.

Thank you to all our wonderful previous supporters.

 

          

               Photo credit : Fatih Zabach

 

We’ve already started getting the fire team ready.

But we need your continued support.

 

Over late April and early May this year, three young men representing the National Park, FNPF (Friends of the National Parks Foundation) and Ecolodges Indonesia spent 10 days in Australia training with the Beechmont Rural Fire Brigade.

They learned how to prepare for future forest fires with the National Parks and Wildlife Service rangers (NSW and QLD).

The Australian fire fighters were absolutely amazed at the efforts of the team that fought the fires last year, given their lack of equipment and training.

It is a miracle that no-one was killed or seriously injured.

All costs were covered by Ecolodges Indonesia Conservation Fund.

Our heartfelt thanks to the Beechmont Fire Brigade and National Parks and Wildlife Service staff who donated their time, uniforms, boots and other useful equipmentto the project.

 

            

                Left to right: Suday, Adut, Hakim.  Photo credit: Mark White  

 

How the funds will be spent 

With the help of fire fighting experts we have identified the following essential equipment.

15 Rake hoes (These hand tools are used for building fire breaks, removing undergrowth, removing bark from trees to slow the fire)

15 Beaters (These are used to smother the flames and reduce the oxygen flow to the fire)

15 Knapsacks with fire nozzles (These carry up to 19 litres of water and are critical for extinguishing flames)

2 Handie - Talkie radios (communication between teams is vital)

2 x 800 litre collapsible water tanks - to be able to fill the knapsacks

All equipment purchased will be inventorised, numbered and available for audit at any time.

We need $8,000 in total.

 

About Ecolodges Indonesia Conservation Fund

The Conservation Fund receives funds from all guests who book a tour through Ecolodges Indonesia or the travel arm, Ecosafari Indonesia.

Ecolodges Indonesia assists in the conservation of Indonesia’s iconic and biodiverse National Parks by developing ecologically based lodges on the edge of Parks and by creating ecotourism experiences which produce sustainable jobs for local people and promote protection of the environment.

                                   


comments

Thank you for all you do to protect the forest. Please stay safe.

-  Kay Howe

Keep up the great work!! We visited Tanjun Puting in 2014 and were very lucky to get to see the then-unburnt rainforest with Hakim as our excellent guide. We're so impressed to see him helping with fire-fighting now too! -Greg and Yulia

-  Greg Huber

I hope a best time - less fires - in this dry season of Borneo's forest. Luck! Yo espero que este año sea mejor que el pasado con tantos fuegos tal vez provocados por los propietarios de plantaciones de palma. Suerte a todos.

-  Gabriel Bienzobas Fernandez

I hope a best time - less fires - in this dry season of Borneo's forest. Luck! Yo espero que este año sea mejor que el pasado con tantos fuegos tal vez provocados por los propietarios de plantaciones de palma. Suerte a todos.

-  Gabriel Bienzobas Fernandez

Great project idea as preparation will make a big difference. Hope all goes well.

-  Alison Holdsworth

What happens if you do not reach your target as you are a long way off right now? How will the money be used? Thanks Hazel Still

-  Marion Still

Greetings to Hakim! Wishing you success in this endeavor.

-  Diana Shi

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