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The Dulan’s project : protect the habitat of orangutans in Borneo

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Project begin: 28/07/2020

To slow down deforestation, Kalaweit is in a race against time and palm oil productors. The association buys pieces of forest, transforming them into a nature reserve with the support from the local population.

Leading organisation: Kalaweit
The country where the team is based: Indonesia
Theme: Biodiversity
Sub-themes: Forests and desertification
Selection: 2020/2021
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Since the age of 13, Chanee has been passionate about monkeys. To help save primates from deforestation and trafficking in Indonesia, he decided to create Kalaweit. Today, the association buys up pieces of forest from the local population, before they are sold for commercial purposes, in particular, producing palm oil. Since 2018, they have acquired 500 hectares of a 1500-hectar forest in south-eastern Borneo to create the Dulan Reserve.

Protecting wildlife

The Dulan Natural Reserve is home to wild animals that have been rescued from traffickers. It provides refuge to more than 100 orangutans, 200 gibbons, langur monkeys, Malaysian Beers, clouded leopards, macaques, Sambar Deer and muntjacs. Kalaweit employs local people to monitor and protect the reserve, who can also fish in the lake and collect fruit, sustainably.

In a country with one of the highest rates of deforestation in world, Kalaweit is determined to protect the diverse flora and fauna of the remaining forest with help from as many partners as possible. But the clock is ticking!

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