A Gift to Restore Kalimantan Forests

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Christmas Tree World is working with Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF) to help restore the rainforest and save the home of wild orangutans in Kalimantan. BNF Indonesia received a Christmas gift in the form of a donation of £23,320 (around Rp 440 million) for the reforestation of Indonesian rainforests, especially in Central Kalimantan. Christmas Tree World announced that this charitable partnership will make a significant contribution to the climate emergency.

Christmas Tree World is a platform that sells Christmas trees and decorations online and has been in business for nearly 40 years, consistently improving customer satisfaction.

Managing Director of Christmas Tree World, Stephen Evans, was immediately interested by the simplicity of BNF’s reforestation scheme, “Christmas Tree World will purchase a seedling grown by local communities in Borneo for every order placed with us for Christmas Trees and it will be planted in the fire-damaged rainforest by the local charity BNF”.


Planted seedlings in the degraded forest
Photo by Pau Brugues Sintes | BNF


Stephan Evan also said, “The Borneo Nature Foundation was a natural choice when searching for a charity partner. Climate change is the most important issue globally in this day and age, and with our background in traditional horticulture, we have a real affinity with what the charity is working to achieve.”

In a partnership which saw money raised to plant a new tree in the Borneo Sebangau rainforest for every Christmas tree order placed, the money raised to date will be now be used to plant over 17,000 trees. The partnership will continue into 2020 with Christmas Tree World continuing to pay for a seedling to be planted in Borneo for every order placed on their website in its January sale.

Deputy Director of BNF Indonesia, Yunsiska Ermiasi, also stated that BNF Indonesia and the conservation team would like to thank Christmas Tree World UK for their support in aiding reforestation activities at the Natural Peat Forest Laboratory (LAHG). These funds will be useful in supporting BNF’s activities, particularly for planting and seedling nursery activities which contribute to local community involvement.

“We hope that this fund can expand the planting area, increase the number of existing seeds and also increase the capacity of the Kereng Bangkirai and Sabaru communities in supporting BNF reforestation activities. Hopefully, in the future, there will be increased collaboration between BNF International, BNF Indonesia, and Christmas Tree Wold UK,” she said.

In addition, the Director of BNF International Simon J. Husson also said that he was extremely grateful to Christmas Tree World for their generous donation to our 1 million trees campaign.  “Their support will be directly used to plant, monitor and protect over 10,000 seedlings in the coming year, restoring burnt peat-forests, supporting communities and protecting orangutans and other endangered wildlife,” he concluded.

Borneo Nature Foundation is a not-for-profit conservation and research organisation. We work to protect some of the most important areas of tropical rainforest and to safeguard the wildlife, environment and indigenous culture on Borneo. Throughout our programmes, we support and empower community-led initiatives to protect forest and biodiversity, including anti-logging patrols, fire-fighting teams, environmental education and the replanting and restoration of damaged forests.


Deputy Director of BNF Indonesia, Yunsiska Ermiasi with several members of the Nursery Community took a group photo at Kereng Bangkirai Nursery, Palangka Raya City, Central Kalimantan, as a thank you to Christmas Tree World for the donations given to BNF.
Photo by Yohanes Prahara | BNF


 

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