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Borneo Rainforest Appeal aims to raise £1 million

13 August, 2013 - 12:29 -- World Land Trust
Dr Isabelle Lackman in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

13 August 2013: Leading conservationist and Bornean Orang-utan specialist, Dr Isabelle Lackman, will make a special appearance today at the launch of World Land Trust’s Million Pound Appeal to raise funds to save land vital for the survival of Orang-utans in Malaysian Borneo.

Dr Lackman is the president of Hutan, World Land Trust’s project partner in Malaysian Borneo, and co-director of the Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Programme (KOCP), a community-based research and conservation initiative based in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. 

In Malaysian Borneo, WLT has a strong track record of raising money to save land vital for the conservation of the Bornean Orang-utan. However the Million Pound Appeal is WLT’s greatest challenge yet.

With the launch of the appeal, WLT aims to raise enough funds to acquire strategically important parcels of land to connect the protected forests in the Lower Kinabatangan flood plain, in particular the connection of the Keruak Virgin Forest Reserve, with the larger Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary – a last stronghold for Orang-utans, Pygmy Elephants and other endangered species.

Land in Borneo is expensive due to land price inflation caused by the oil palm industry, but if a forest corridor is not created between the reserves, the Orang-utan population in the smaller reserve may become extinct. John Burton, WLT Chief Executive, stresses the importance of the land acquisition: “It is urgent to secure this land before existing oil palm plantations expand to permanently separate the two reserves. Without this wildlife corridor, an important population of Orang-utans faces extinction within as short a period as 35 years.” 

The launch of the appeal will take place in the Tower Room of the Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, 6-8.30 pm.

Following the launch of the Million Pound Appeal in August, WLT’s first main focus for fundraising for the appeal will be WLT’s Big Match Fortnight, which runs from 2-16 October 2013. 

More information

Full press release: PDF http://www.worldlandtrust.org/documents/news/press-release-2013-wlt-launches-borneo-rainforest-appeal.pdf  (432 kb) (opens in a new window)

For more details contact: Mary McEvoy, WLT’s Conservation Programmes Manager (Asia and Africa Regions). Tel: 01986 874422. Email: mmcevoy@worldlandtrust.org

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