The Orangutan Information Centre (OIC) has recently published and launched a book entitled “Field Guideline to Forest Ecosystem Restoration”. This book, written in bahasa Indonesia, talks about OIC’s practical experiences in conducting forest restoration in the Leuser Ecosystem, the last place on Earth where Sumatran Orangutan, Tiger, Elephant and Rhino inhabit the same ecological landscape.
The OIC has since 2008 been restoring damaged areas of Sumatran orangutan habitat within the protected Gunung Leuser National Park (GLNP), where more than 500 hectares of protected forests had been converted to oil palm plantation by two relatively small companies. By planting and nurturing the right combination of ‘framework species’ we can see that after just a few years a functioning and self-sustaining eco-system is well on its way to regenerating!
By evicting the illegal oil palm operation and initiating active forest restoration within the National Park, this has protected many thousands of hectares at risk of further encroachment, securing the immense biodiversity as well as eco-system function for surrounding villages.