Only a few forest areas with special status are protected by the Indonesian government. The rest of the forest can legally be used for industry. Great parts of the rainforest on Borneo are logged-over or degraded. If the forest has not been used for logging, and if it has not been cleared 100 % in favour of plantations, it may be restored. Save the Orangutan supports the restoration of degraded forest.
The peat swamp forest in Mawas
In the 90’s Indonesia aimed to be self-sufficient in rice to increase prosperity. For that reason, the then president had large parts of the peat swamp forest area Mawas drained to establish rice fields. The area turned out not to be suitable for rice cultivation, however. Save the Orangutan supports the restoration of the unique ecosystem in Mawas, which is home to 3,000 wild orangutans.
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