Current CAMPAIGN Sri Lanka and Indonesia

Buy Back for Nature 

Land purchase for the purpose of conservation, ensures immediate protection of  highly threatened rainforest habitat and increases opportunity for local communities to engage in the protection of rainforest ecosystems.

The Rainforest Project works with it's partners to secure highly significant land that ensures species survival.

We target high biodiversity areas that are under imminent threat from external drivers such as poaching and illegal timber felling, land encroachment and industrial agriculture.

For this purpose we are supporting buy back in two world heritage sites the Singharaja ecosystem in Sri lanka and the Leuser ecosystem in Indonesia.

 
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Land purchase for the purpose of conservation, ensures immediate protection of  highly threatened rainforest habitat and increases opportunity for local communities to engage in the protection of rainforest ecosystems.

The Rainforest Project works with it's partners to secure highly significant land that ensures species survival.

We target high biodiversity areas that are under imminent threat from external drivers such as poaching and illegal timber felling, land encroachment and industrial agriculture.

For this purpose we are supporting buy back in two world heritage sites the Singharaja ecosystem in Sri lanka and the Leuser ecosystem in Indonesia.

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Buy Back Leopard Habitat

Singharaja Ecosystem Sri Lanka

The Singharaja Ecosystem has been decimated over the past 100 years by industrial agriculture and is now reduced to 188 patches of forest. Habitat of over 90% of endemic species are still found within this ecosystem and immediate protection is essential. For this purpose we are working with Rainforest Rescue International -Sri Lanka to develop the Singharaja biodiversity corridor. We aim to buy back land that ensures connectivity between forest fragments so that biodiversity migration can be maintained, encroachment halted and local communities offered and opportunity to protect forests. We have identified a number of sites for purchase in 2018 that will enhance the existing corridor created over 200 Ha.

The fragmented rainforests of southern Sri Lanka- Only 5% of this ecosystems is left for Leopards, Elephants and other critically endangered species.

The fragmented rainforests of southern Sri Lanka- Only 5% of this ecosystems is left for Leopards, Elephants and other critically endangered species.

Ongoing forest clearing June 2016 occurring in the Singharaja ecosystem.(TRP 2016)

Ongoing forest clearing June 2016 occurring in the Singharaja ecosystem.(TRP 2016)

In order to enhance connectivity Since 2004 parcels of land have been either bought or leased and restored for the purpose of biodiversity habitat enhancement. Up to the present our partners  have purchased and restored over 100ha of land in the ecosystem to create new biodiversity habitat.

 

Biodiversity Corridor land Sri Lanka, essential habitat for critically endangered primates and Amphibians. (TRP 2016)

Biodiversity Corridor land Sri Lanka, essential habitat for critically endangered primates and Amphibians. (TRP 2016)

 
Leuser is the last stand for the Sumatra Orangutan.

Leuser is the last stand for the Sumatra Orangutan.

Leuser Ecosystem Indonesia

In late 2017 the land purchase site of 350 Ha in East Aceh was identified by The Orangutan Information Centre as potential for buy back for nature. The owners of the proposed purchase area of 350 Ha had prior interest in developing the area for oil palm production and over the past 10 years had denuded around a 3/4 of the land for the purposes of establishing a plantation. The plantation was unsuccessful due to financial barriers and is now on the open market.

As existing plans from local government to enhance access to East Aceh through road development, has the potential to create further market and development interests in the area, the potential for further oil palm redevelopment is likely

Map of Land purchase in Indonesia, with orangutan habitat.

Map of Land purchase in Indonesia, with orangutan habitat.

The purchase of this site would be an opportunity to protect a tract of land that plays an important role as an elephant corridor and will provide a valuable buffer zone for orangutan habitat located a few miles south. 

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Palm oil plantation East Aceh, Indonesia. earmarked for purchase and restoration by The Rainforest Project, 2018.

Palm oil plantation East Aceh, Indonesia. earmarked for purchase and restoration by The Rainforest Project, 2018.