The forest restoration programme in Sumatra is operated by the Orangutan Information Centre, with a team of local staff and farmers. We have set up 8 organic tree nurseries and forestry centres near degraded orangutan habitat areas in Aceh and North Sumatra, and have planted more than a million indigenous tree seedlings.
The project is managed in close collaboration with forest-dependent communities and the local government, which helps ensure that the replanting sites will be safe from future encroachment.
These projects offer local people a way of supporting their families whilst preserving and restoring the rainforest. We work in deforested regions in and around the Leuser Ecosystem, the most important remaining habitat for the Sumatran orangutan.
Project close-up: Besitang, North Sumatra
SOS and OIC are working with local government and local communities to restore vital orangutan habitat that has been destroyed by illegal oil palm plantations within the Gunung Leuser National Park.
Thanks to our supporters around the world, hundreds of thousands of tree seedlings have now been planted on over 200 hectares of damaged orangutan habitat in Besitang. We are also training local people to manage organic tree nurseries.
We're seeing some really exciting results - our team has reported evidence of lots of wildlife starting to return to the restored areas of forest - not just orangutans but also siamangs, white-handed gibbons, leopard cats and many endangered and critically endangered bird species too.
Have a look at some of the fantastic pictures from the camera traps!
With special thanks to Cranbrook School and Rainforest Rescue in Australia for donating five camera traps to this project!
BEFORE (August 2012)
AFTER (September 2013 - image by Paul Daley)
This once-barren landscape is now a thriving young forest, buzzing with life: but there is still much work to be done. Sumatran orangutans are critically endangered and we must do all that we can to save their forest home. Please support this vital work - plant a tree.