Equipping rural communities with tools for conservation
Making environmental protection relevant to the lives and livelihoods of the people who live next to orangutan habitat is a key foundation to the success of conservation initiatives.
Our partners work with farmers and plantation workers, providing specialist training in how to prevent and resolve human-orangutan conflict so that they can protect their crops without resorting to harming wildlife. Over 400 farmers have been trained in best-practice techniques to discourage orangutans from crop raiding, including making and using bamboo noise cannons.
OIC have produced numerous resources to support this outreach work, including ‘Islamic Verses for Conservation’, a book which draws on references in the Koran regarding environmental protection, to make conservation directly relevant to the many Muslim communities with whom they work.