Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and BHP Billiton have today announced the signing of a landmark agreement that will provide a strong platform for sustainable land use planning in the Murung Raya district of central Kalimantan and contribute to the preservation of a threatened orang-utan population.
“This project will ensure significant support for biodiversity conservation. Today sees a big win for the Murang Raya district and an important step in the conservation of the area’s orang-utan population,” said Mr Mark Rose, CEO, Fauna & Flora International.
“This is an exciting opportunity to demonstrate best practice land use and the collaboration between business and biodiversity.”
The agreement will see FFI undertake a number of key activities including a study to strengthen land use planning capacity and identifying conservation priorities and sustainable development options for the Murung Raya region; supporting orang-utan conservation; building local leaders conservation capacity; and developing relationships with new funding partners.
Rebecca has been working at FFI since September 2007. Though she studied conservation in her BA and MSc, she decided that the life in the jungle just wasn't for her. Having grown up in New York City, she has experienced more pigeons and squirrels than parrots and spider monkeys. So she decided to write about the impact that FFI's projects have on the ground.
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