A big step forward to settle down Barito Ulu Programme (PBU) has been consistently taken out by Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF). On Monday (24/07/2018), being assisted by Bumbun SP., M.Si from the Environmental Partnership and Information Section of Provincial Environmental Agency, BNF has successfully hosted the socialisation for its plans to re-establish research station in Barito Ulu.
The event was held in the Regent Office in the city of Puruk Cahu, Murung Raya (Mura) regency. It was attended by the key persons from local government representatives and BNF team. The primary goal of this socialisation is to introduce the future plans of BNF’s conservation works in the region.
The socialisastion is also aimed to gain support in realizing BNF’s ultimate goal to preserve the forest and its biodiversity. Thus, several topics from the research areas and partnerships to multi-stakeholders were also brought to the surface of the discussion.
During the discussion, Mura’s official that was represented by the Chief of Environmental Agency of Murung Raya, Pujo Sarwono, expresses his great enthusiasm to fully support BNF’s Barito Ulu program and to encourage the Barito upstream watershed for water catchment areas and sustainable conservation. “More research needs to be conducted in the area and to that end, BNF should work together in the collaborative conservation efforts with local communities, the government, NGOs, industries, and universities for sustainable conservation, habitat and wildlife protections in Barito Ulu” he added.
Another critical point being discussed in the socialisaton event is the location mapping for BNF’s research station. Currently, BNF has been on continuous discussion with Forest Management Unit (FMU) of Mura in drafting the specific research area in Barito Ulu.
Known as the heart of Borneo, Barito Ulu is the the door to one of the most richly diverse and remote forests situated at centre of the island of Borneo. In addition to that, BNF has also identified the magnificent forest of Barito Ulu as being important region for Borneo’s great ape, orangutan, conservation which has been categorized as critically endangered on the IUCN list.
For the abovementioned reason, we’re so much excited to seeing how this partnership will unlock the future opportunities for important conservation efforts at the heart of Borneo (AE).