To celebrate this week with some uplifting news, it is my pleasure to announce a Borneo Rainforest has been saved from logging and agriculture development.
The Rainforest Trust created an ambitious project to purchase 385,000 acres of rainforest in Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. At a more than reasonable price of $2.00 per acre, the project required $778,686 to complete. It reached funding on last month with donations coming in from all around the world!
The Borneo Rainforest is home to a number of endangered and vulnerable species that are threatened by human impact tearing down their habitat. The area is a tropical rainforest and a peat swamp forest and houses many unique species that have no alternative habitats. Just to name a few of these unique critters, the rainforest is home to:the Borenan Orangutan, Borenean White-bearded Gibbon, Proboscis Monkey, Flat-headed cat, Borenean Bay Cat and Hairy-nosed Otter. The forest also boasts a total carbon storage of 282,975,000 tonnes.
The Rainforest Trust was established in 1988 by three conservationists who wanted to protect the Earth's beautiful natural habitats. Their plan was to buy up these lands and prevent human development and save the beautiful wildlife that lived there. They've already bought over 20 million acres and are driving their mission to have 50 million by 2020!
Now just because RT buys the land doesn't mean they own it. They purchase the land but act as stewards, partnering with local communities and governments to create a nature reserve. RF also assists and partners with the local communities to create long-term and sustainable management of the new reserves. For the Borneo Rainforest, RF have partnered with the Borneo Nature Foundation.
To read more about the Rainforest Trust and their projects. Visit their website!