Wehea Forest

Introduction: The forests of Indonesia are home to estimated 12% percent of the world’s mammal species, 16% of reptile and amphibian species, and 17% of bird species. The number of species endemic to Borneo make it a biodiversity hotspot, yet 60% of Borneo’s forests have been cut and what remains is in danger of being lost within decades.

One community, the Wehea Dayak, is fighting back to protect their forest. In 2004,the Wehea Dayak declared 38,000 hectares of forest, ‘protected land’ under their traditional law. Since this declaration, forest guardians have reduced illegal logging and hunting, and this project was awarded Indonesia's highest environmental honor. Integrated Conservation is working with the Wehea Dayak to protect the Wehea Forest in East Kalimantan, Borneo.

Issues: Despite these successes, the long-term viability of Wehea Forest is not guaranteed. The land’s legal status is still designated as a logging concession, and the Wehea effort is not legally recognized. Integrated Conservation signed a 3 year Memorandum of Understanding with the Wehea Management Body to build a program for sustainable management of natural resources and conservation of biological diversity in Wehea. ICON's work in the coming years will focus on:

Research Objectives:

R1: Estimate clouded leopard density and activity in a recently logged forest

R2: Estimate clouded leopard density and activity in a mountainous primary forest R3: Use camera traps to investigate orangutan terrestriality in primary forested and montane regions

Economic and Professional Development Objectives:

EHD1: Scale up the agro-forestry program (Letap Hiq)

EHD2: Develop economic opportunities through ecotourism and research programs EHD3: Establish common eco-tourism and research protocols

EHD4: Develop the Wehea Conservation Center (WCC) complex

EHD5: Implement management training programs at the WCC

Education Objectives:

E1: Build an environmental education center and program

E2: Reconnect Wehea youth to Wehea Forest through a rediscovery program

E3: Raise awareness about protecting the clouded leopard and biodiversity of Wehea

Outreach Objectives:

O1: Develop research opportunities in Wehea Forest

O2: Promote national and international exchanges

O3: Use various media and social networking to promote Wehea Forest

Donations may be made directly through this website. If you would like to know more about this incredible forest and our project to help ensure its protection, please contact us at: [email protected] Thank you!

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