It’s the next 2013 Changemaker Nomination suggested by a chocolate lover like you!
Congratulations to Orang Utan Republik Foundation: www.orangutanrepublik.org
Here’s what Gary has to say about this fearless organization:
“OURF has been actively working in Indonesia to inspire young conservation educators to work with small holders to reduce conflict between farmers and orangutans, educating the local people and providing alternative methods for village improvements that are not destructive. They are helping to better understand the local chocolate (cacao) farmers so we might be able to move them to organic and sustainable high value cacao. OURF is also a member of the RSPO working with other environmental NGOs to give wildlife a voice on the policy front.”
A little more info:
“Founded in October 2004 as the Orang Utan Republik Education Initiative (OUREI), the mission of the Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) has remained true to its founding principles; to save the orangutans of Indonesia through conservation education, outreach initiatives and innovative collaborative programs that inspire and call people to action.
The founders of OUREI and OURF have always believed that saving orangutan’s means saving their forest home, the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra, and that the protection of this habitat can only be ensured by the people of Indonesia and Malaysia.
Working under the ethos ‘Free to be Wild’, the vision of OURF, and OUREI before it, is a time when the people of Indonesia accept that orangutans, and all other species that inhabit their rainforests, have a right to live, and their forests can be shared and utilized sustainably, for the benefit of animals and people.
The problems facing orangutans are immense, but by educating local people about their plight, the importance of their tropical rainforests and by supporting sustainable development initiatives, OURF and its partners believe the orangutan and the great forests of Indonesia and Malaysia can survive.”