iameko products help to support The Borneo Nature Foundation’s rainforest rejuvenation project, which is focused on community led conservation and education. They are iameko’s neighbours in Borneo, and have links to the United Kingdom through Oxford university.
What’s the problem?
Borneo’s 140 million year old rainforests are the oldest on the planet, and they are in danger. In the 1980s and 1990s 50% of the forest area was either lost to logging or burned to the ground and replaced with palm oil plantations. Borneo remains the world’s largest timber producer today, and you can drive for hours and see nothing but palm oil plantations.
How can we help?
The Borneo Nature Foundation is a not-for-profit conservation and research organisation that is working to protect and safeguard tropical rainforest, biodiversity, replanting and reforestation. They are using research and scientific knowledge to look out for Borneo’s flagship apes - the endangered Orangutan and southern Bornean gibbon.
Did you know?
Who plants more trees, people or squirrels?
Squirrels hide acorns and nuts underground and then forget about them. Each tiny squirrel accidentally plants more trees than an average human in their lifetime!
What will they do with your support?
The Foundation’s seedling nursery is nurturing more than 5,000 trees that have been collected as seedlings from the forest or grown from germinated seeds. They are also introducing new Family Nurseries in local villages, involving communities in the projects and making use of local knowledge and skills. Areas of recently burnt peat swamp, areas that have suffered over-logging, ex-farms and ex-mines are all being reforested with these precious trees.
Human activity destroys the forest much faster than it can regenerate without some help. The Foundation is studying the best ways to support reforestation in Kalimantan. They look at the best conditions of light, water and nutrients for tree survival and growth. Battling with the extreme conditions of a barren degraded grass and fern landscape that was rich forest until it was burned fifty years ago, they are beginning to establish strong tree species in the area.
“Reforesting burnt and cleared areas of forest is an essential part of our conservation work. Replanting trees prevents soil erosion, expands wildlife habitats and reduces fire-risks; it engages local communities in conservation; and it contributes to the global fight to stop climate-change.”
As part of our commitment to preserving the natural rainforests of Borneo, we have committed to donate the equivalent of one extra tree sapling for every £100 spent on iameko products. Thank you for helping to support the biodiversity and rainforests of Borneo. The future of the planet depends on the choices we make today.