Environmental education

Environmental education is paramount in the marginalized village communities. Firstly, because the people rarely have access to education beyond primary school. Secondly because it is difficult to think long-term when you cannot provide for your family. It is therefore important to secure an understanding for the consequences of a method of income that destroys nature.

Environmental education is paramount in the marginalized village communities. Firstly, because the people rarely have access to education beyond primary school. Secondly because it is difficult to think long-term when you cannot provide for your family. It is therefore important to secure an understanding for the consequences of a method of income that destroys nature.

Educational work

Every month more than 2000 people visit the information centre of the Nyaru Menteng orangutan rehabilitation centre. School groups, tourists and generally interested local people are all among the visitors. The centre has an information bus, which drives round to schools in the region and educate pupils about nature conservation and about the work to save the threatened orangutan.

Teaching in the villages

The environmental education is an important part of the development work in the villages. Save the Orangutan’s local partner, BOS, and the villages’ own spokesmen inform the residents about the link between, for example, the use of mercury in gold mining and contaminated drinking water or about the detrimental effect catching fish using dynamite has on fish stocks.

Preventative work

It is crucial for Save the Orangutan’s local partner to have positive relations with the people who live closely with the orangutan. If an orangutan is held captive in a village, or if a farmer has happened to cause a forest fire, the local partner will organise a meeting where the whole village is informed about why the orangutan is protected and must live in the wild and how the villagers can avoid future forest fires.

Research center and nursery

The research centre Tuanan in the Mawas area has a nursery garden, which local school groups can visit. Here they learn about the rare plants of the rainforest, how they have been used for generations, and why they are important to preserve. At the Tuanan centre international researches also study the behaviour of wild orangutans. The centre thus has a dialogue with both the local communities and with the rest of the world.