To plant palm trees from which palm oil is obtained, tropical forests are cut down on the Indonesian island of Borneo. All of its inhabitants suffer from this, including orangutans. To help the primates and preserve the biological diversity of Borneo, Weleda began a partnership with the German non-profit organization BOS. The company donated 100 thousand euros to the project, the cooperation will last a year and a half.
The center of the BOS and Weleda project was the village of Mantangai Hulu, located in the south of the Mavas district.
Commodity Project Coordinator Weleda
- We We want not only to allocate funds, but also to take measures to improve the living conditions of people and animals in Borneo.
The first stage of the project will provide land rights to residents of Mantangai Hulu. This is their only way to maintain economic independence. Then, in collaboration with local residents, 55 hectares of rainforest will be restored. To minimize the ongoing threat of forest fires, several fire protection teams will be trained.
Commodity Program Coordinator Weleda
- We can save the environment habitat of orangutans and protect them in the long term, only if we involve local residents in the project.