Emergency Forest Fire Fund

You can make a difference!

£25      30 disposable N95 face masks

£50      Personal Protective Equipment for 1 firefighter

£100      28 metres of fire hose

£250      Transportable water pump

£500      Boat and petrol for fire patrols

 

Peat fires have once again returned to Borneo and haze is engulfing the region. The Indonesian government has declared a state of emergency for the Central Kalimantan province and urgent help is needed to support the brave firefighters battling these quick-spreading fires.

With drought conditions well underway fires are now spreading into primary rainforest and causing huge damage to the environment and wildlife.

 

 

Peat fire engulfing a large area near Sebangau Forest, August 17, 2019. Photo: Markurius Sera | Borneo Nature Foundation

 

Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF) is tackling these issues head-on.

Masyarakat Peduli Api (MPA), established and supported by BNF, are working tirelessly to extinguish the flames and prevent the spread of more fires. The brave men and women of the MPA are from villages bordering the Sebangau National Park, Central Kalimantan. These teams are truly on the frontline fighting to protect people, save the forest and stop the peat fires that are a major driver of global climate change.

BNF also supports the CIMTROP TSA fire-fighting team which has been active through five major fire events over the past 18 years; and are connecting all of these community teams through the Indonesian Disaster Agency.

 

 

CIMTROP TSA Sebangau Forest Patrol Unit member, Hendri, dousing the peat fire below. Photo: Edwin Shri Bimo | Borneo Nature Foundation

 

All these dedicated firefighters need your support. They need fuel, food and daily income for their families, so they are always ready to extinguish any fire that arises, and they need the latest technology, best equipment and proper safety gear so they can quickly locate, map and tackle the fires.

Please help us support these committed men and women on the frontline so they can stay mobilised for as long as it takes to stop the fires.

You may remember the peat fires in 2015. Massive fires swept through the region, driven by an extended drought caused by global climate conditions and human activities. These fires destroyed over 2.2 million hectares of forest, including the habitat of over 3,000 orangutans, and released huge amounts of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere and choking gasses implicated in the deaths of over 100,000 people. Let’s not let this happen again!

 

 

Large male orangutan escaping a forest fire in 2015. Photo: Bernat Ripoll Capilla | Borneo Nature Foundation

 

 

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