URGENT: OuTrop Forest Fire Appeal
FOREST FIRE UPDATE (13 November 2014)
Good news! Over the last week we have had a few rain storms! This is the first substantial rain we have had for months.
Even better news....we have had no big fires in the Sabangau area over the last 5 days. The fire fighting teams are still patroling to ensure all fires have been put out.
In the nearby Kalampangan Forest, the teams are also patroling. Over the past 10 days the teams have been busy extinguishing the last fires, rebuilding two large dams (built to help re-wet the swamp), which were destroyed in the fires and checking the forest to assess the damage.
Although this is promising news, we are still on alert until the wet season floods the forest again. Worryingly, we may be entering an El Niño event, causing subsequent drought which may last for several more months. Continued fire-fighting efforts and daily patrols are necessary until the wet season floods the forest again.
Our forest fire appeal is still live as the patrols continue. If you can, please donate to support the fire fighters.
Protecting Borneo's biodiversity since 1999
The Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project works to protect some of the most important areas of tropical rainforest in Borneo, including the peat swamps of Sabangau, home to the world's largest orangutan population. We monitor the behavioural ecology of the forest's flagship ape and cat species, carry out biodiversity and forestry research, and work with our local partners to develop conservation solutions and improve capacity for conservation in the region.