Our longest running programme in Sebangau Landscape, was founded in 1999 as the Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project (OuTrop).
We identified Sebangau as home to the largest orangutan population in lowland Borneo, bringing the region to the forefront of orangutan conservation efforts and contributing in the award of National Park status in 2004. Sebangau National Park is one of the largest peat swamp conservation areas in Indonesia which has a main function in accordance with Law no. 5 of 1990 concerning Conservation of Biological Natural Resources and Its Ecosystems. The National Park is managed by the Balai Taman Nasional Sebangau, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia.
In 2016, we created Borneo Nature Foundation to extend our reach and tackle conservation challenges across Borneo. We expanded our projects in Sebangau National Park to support the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in forest restoration; and established our Rungan Programme, working to protect 156,000 hectares of vital orangutan habitat.
We launched our Barito Ulu Programme in 2018, working in the Heart of Borneo to revive research and conservation in the spectacularly bio-diverse and yet unprotected rainforests of northern Central Kalimantan.
Borneo Nature Foundation was created in 2016, born out of the Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project (OuTrop). Our origins go back more than 20 years to a series of expeditions to the then little-known peat-swamp forest of Sebangau in Central Kalimantan.
OuTrop was founded by Helen and Simon in 1999 to raise awareness of the importance of Sebangau Landscape for orangutan conservation and to encourage sustainable management, protection and restoration of this vital habitat. With our urging and support, in 2002 WWF initiated an orangutan conservation programme here, contributing in the designation of the Sebangau National Park in 2004.
We have maintained a constant presence in Sebangau National Park, initiating our orangutan behavioural project in 2003 and expanding our research to study white-bearded gibbons, red langur monkeys, clouded leopards, forestry and biodiversity monitoring. Our reforestation and forest restoration projects are growing, and we support community patrol and fire-fighting teams to protect Sebangau National Park.