Root Causes: Case StudyTo protect wild orangutans we need to address drivers of threats at every scale. We must understand where forests need protection, and why. Gathering and analysing all the relevant data enables us to optimise our conservation investments. Different situations need different approaches – be it a physical barrier caused by a road or expanding smallholder agriculture – but ultimately the solution is found in sustainable development based on coexistence between orangutans and people, and building the resilience of ecosystems.
Working with DICE, we are gathering data on patterns of change to Sumatra’s forests. This data will be used to predict and plan where we should direct our resources to be most effective in protecting orangutan habitat, both in terms of the pace and scale of change and in terms of the exact nature of potential threats to the forest.