Hutan Lestari Project (Everlasting Forest)

Location: East Kalimantan

Various initiatives related to reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) have begun in Indonesia with environmental NGOs playing a major role in developing pilot projects in Sumatra and Kalimantan. Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) is one such non-profit organization that has begun to develop a REDD project in East Kalimantan. BOS, along with their partner PT Restorasi Habitat Orangutan Indonesia (RHOI), has secured from the Department of Forestry an Ecosystem Restoration Concession with the intention of using the forest area as a release site for rehabilitated orangutans. The Scientific Advisory Board of BOS has determined that this area would be sufficient for the release of all orangutans currently in the care of Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation’s Samboja Lestari and Wanariset projects in East Kalimantan who are eligible for release (over 200 individuals).

The concession is in East Kalimantan and encompasses 86,450 ha of the ex-PT Mugitriman International (MGI) timber concession and is now referred to as Kehje Sewen Forest. and is to be managed by PT Restorasi Habitat Orangutan Indonesia. BOS requires sustainable funding for managing and safeguarding this forest and is currently exploring the option of an avoided deforestation/REDD project where the sale of carbon credits would pay the management costs.

Early in 2012, BOS F plans to begin to relocate orangutans to Kehje Sewen Forest.

Significant financial support in the crucial development stage is required in order to prepare the area for the release of several orangutans and to manage and restore the forest.