With the end of the year fast approaching, here’s a look back at some of the amazing things we’ve achieved in 2018.
We have planted 112,200 trees this year! This brings the total number of trees planted through our projects to 1,775,153. In addition to this, our wildlife crime patrol team have covered over 20,000km during their forest patrols this year, making sure that the forest and its wildlife stays safe from loggers, poachers and snares.
This year, the orangutan rescue team (HOCRU) has rescued 26 orangutans from conflict situations – some were relocated from oil palm plantations and others confiscated from the pet trade. The team has also aided in the rescue or confiscation of a white-handed gibbon, a slow loris, pangolins, a sun bear and, most recently, a Sumatran elephant calf.
Since the beginning of 2018, we have trained 150 farmers in sustainable practices at the Gayo Lues Permaculture Centre. We are also seeing great progress at the Bukit Mas restoration and permaculture site. The Leuser Secondary Greenschool has been open for several months, and the children attending it are really happy with their experience so far. There are currently sixteen pupils enrolled at the school. As there are no other secondary schools in the area, this means these children from the villages around Bukit Mas can remain in education for much longer than they might otherwise have done.
Thank you so much for all your support in making our rainforest projects happen. We look forward to seeing what 2019 brings!