Monday, April 13, 2009

Reforestation in Borneo

A website I visit fairly regularly is, The Permaculture Research Insitute of Australia. The home page is regularly updated with interesting articles written by people from all over the world.

A short piece about the reforestation on an area in Borneo caught my eye. It linked to a 20 minute presentation by Willie Smits, a Dutch forestry scientist. He emigrated to Indonesia 20 years ago to help the country grow trees, but a chance encounter with a dying baby Orangutan changed the direction of his work - culminating not only in his creating the biggest orangutan rehabilitation center in the world, but also in restoring large tracts of rainforest in a community-based endeavour that is bringing work and prosperity to the people too.

I watched the presentation. This guy is great. Truely inspirational.

We hear so much about the deforestation of Indonesia because of the demand for palm oil. It was good to hear about Samboja Lestari - "the greatest reforestation project on earth".

If the You Tube video doens't work, you can catch it at or on

If you live in the UK, you might have seen some of the rescued orangutans on the BBC's Orangutan diaries.

Dodo the orangutanAfter watching the video, going to the Red Apes site and listening to Bonnie the whistling orangutan, the Transition Housewife and I just had to adopt Dodo the newest member of the Orangutan Outreach centre.


  1. Once the video started I couldn't pull myself away. Thanks for your article and for posting that clip.

  2. Thanks. Brilliant isn't it.