Q2/3 Progress Update: The Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Program (GPOCP), along with local partners, planted 1,800 trees in the Gunung Palung National Park (GPNP) area to rehabilitate and preserve habitats for wildlife. GPOCP deepened their community engagement efforts with over 50 conservation educational programs - including lectures, field trips, community discussions, mobile cinema events, and workshops that reached more than 4,500 children and adults - to increase knowledge in the community on how to support the orangutan population and habitat in GPNP. The organization secured over 110 print, radio and online media placements to amplify community awareness of GPOCP’s conservation efforts, made a 5-year formal agreement to work collaboratively with the Department of Environment in the Kayong Utara regency, and also hosted both an Earth Day trash cleanup activity with the local government and World Orangutan Day community awareness event. GPOCP plans to engage the community in special programming for Orangutan Caring Week in November.
About Grantee: GPOCP’s mission is to conserve orangutan populations and forest habitat in and around Gunung Palung National Park. Recognizing that most threats to orangutan survival are human-induced, we take a multi-faceted community-based approach to orangutan conservation. We have developed a variety of initiatives that enable us to respond to both immediate threats to orangutan habitat (e.g., illegal land clearance) as well as longer-term ones (e.g., attitudes of villagers towards the forest). Central to each of our initiatives is our commitment to partnering with all of Gunung Palung’s stakeholders, including local communities, NGOs, and National Park and other government offices.
Project Summary: This project protects the unique natural and cultural resources of adventure travel destinations by working to conserve orangutans and one of their last primary rainforest refuges, through environmental education and providing sustainable livelihood options to local communities as a method to deter or change livelihoods from participating in environmentally destructive activities
Project Nominated by ATCF Member: ExOfficio
Project Name: Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Program
Grant Amount: $30,000
Grantee Name: Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Program
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