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Gunung Leuser Ecotourism Development Programme – QUARTERLY REPORT I

During the first quarter of 2011 we have seen many developments, including renovations to the Info Corner, local school visits to Bukit Lawang, and the completion of the fourth and final module, Communication, Documentation, and  Publication, for the fourth cohort of guides and GLNP rangers as part of our training programme. We also report on  [...]

OIC GLNP Restoration Performance Report (reduced)

Executive Summary The Orangutan Information Centre (OIC) has been conducting a forest restoration project in the Gunung Leuser National Park (GLNP), to undo the damage caused through the large-scale conversion of at least 500 hectares by two relatively small plantation companies operating in the Besitang subdistrict of Langkat district, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Since the programme’s [...]

Oil-Palm Plantation Roadshows Performance Report Final

Oil-Palm Plantation Roadshows Performance Report Final Statement of Need There is an urgent need for conservation action in order to retain viable wild populations of orangutans. Once widespread throughout the forests of Southeast Asia, they are now confined to two islands in Indonesia and Malaysia, where two genetically distinct species exist: the Sumatran orangutan (Pongo [...]

Gunung Leuser Ecotourism Development Programme: Progress Report 1

During the period of January-March 2009, the Sumatran Orangutan Ecotourism Development Project focused primarily on the preparation and implementation of tour guide training. It is crucial that the guides have a high level of knowledge on the forest, as well as associated conservation issues, so that they can pass on this information to national and [...]