Sebangau National Park is the largest lowland rainforest remaining in Borneo, with globally important populations of many endangered species, including the world’s largest protected population of orang-utans (> 6,000 individuals) and 172 bird species, 65 mammal species and 57 reptile and amphibian species recorded to date. Sebangau is one of the world’s largest stores of terrestrial carbon, with peat deposits exceeding 15m in depth.
Re:wild partner Borneo Nature Foundation have been assisting the regeneration of burnt and degraded forest areas, where the majority of fires arise. The project will continue replanting these areas with seedlings grown in community nurseries. These community nurseries are key to gaining increased buy-in as community members build and manage the nurseries, thus providing income and also encouraging leadership by local women.
The ultimate aim of the project is to grow and transplant 1 million seedlings in order to reforest burnt areas of peatland. To date BNF have transplanted over 55,000 trees. The total area designated as reforestation zones by Sebangau National Park is 108,500 acres, with 80,300 acres still remaining to be reforested.
Key Species: Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus, CR), Flat-headed Cat (Prionailurus planiceps, EN)
The project start date and project description are provided from the point of view of Re:wild's support to the partner. Restoration work is focused in a more restricted area within the depicted polygon.