Rasau Sebaju, Indonesia

The island of Borneo, shared by Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei, is justifiably famous as a biodiversity hotspot. More than 15,000 plant species have been identified, with more being cataloged all the time. The island is home to more than 200 species of mammals, including the orangutan, pygmy elephant, Sumatran rhinoceros, clouded leopard, and many more. An astonishing 420 bird species, 37 of them endemic, are found there. Unfortunately, much of the  habitat these animals need has been lost to logging and large-scale agriculture, particularly oil palm plantations.

Located in the Indonesian province of West Kalimantan, Rasau Sebaju sit near is a tropical peat forest that is home to pangolins, rhinoceros hornbills, and thousands of other species. Like mangrove forests and tropical rainforests, peatlands are important carbon sinks, sequestering atmospheric carbon and trapping it in the soil.

Seacology’s project

The people of Rasau Sebaju have bravely stood up to pressure from palm oil producers and are committed to protecting their forest. Our project helps by building up infrastructure to monitor and protect the forest. Seacology is funding the construction of a watch tower, a bridge, and communications equipment, which will help the villagers prevent illegal logging and poaching. These efforts will protect more than 700 acres of invaluable forest.

Forest species

Rasau Sebaju is home to countless plant and animal species.

Rhinoceros hornbill

Sunda Pangolin

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