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The Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project

The Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project

The Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project (OuTrop) was founded in 1999 by two graduate zoologists - Simon Husson and Helen Morrogh-Bernard - who were originally introduced to Sabangau and tropical peatlands (Borneo & Indonesia) by Professor Jack Rieley during the 1993-96 University of Nottingham research expeditions.

OuTrop works to protect one of the most important areas of tropical rainforest in Borneo - the Sabangau Forest in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. They monitor the distribution, population status, behaviour and ecology of the forest's flagship ape species, carry out biodiversity and forestry research, and work with local partners to implement conservation solutions.

long term partners are CIMTROP, led by Dr Suwido Limin at the University of Palangka Raya, who manage the Natural Laboratory of Peat-swamp Forest. This critical area of 50,000 hectares is the site of their research work and is protected by CIMTROP's Community Patrol Team – a unit made up of concerned and committed people from the local village of Kereng Bangkerai; managed by CIMTROP and funded by OuTrop.

The Patrol Team stopped illegal logging in 2004, keep the area free of disturbance, fight and prevent forest fire and have facilitated education, awareness and community support projects. 

Type of organisation: 
Conservation organisation

Dr Susan Cheyne
Tel: +44 7912357633

Jalan Semeru No. 91, Bukit Hindu, Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan 73112, Indonesia