Weleda has partnered with Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) to help support a project that aims to protect orangutans while cementing its commitment to sourcing sustainable palm oil.
The 20-month Weleda and BOS project aims to create harmony between nature conservation and human needs and will take place in the Mawas area. Home to 2,500 orangutans, parts of the forest has been cleared for palm oil and rice plantation.
Weleda has pledged $100,000 to the project, with Annette Piperidis, a Manager for Weleda sustainable sourcing, stating, “We don’t just want to give money but also take measures to improve the living conditions in Borneo for people and nature.”
According to a press release, “The project will start by securing the land rights of the inhabitants of Mantangai Hulu. This is the only way in which they can maintain their economic independence. Then 55 hectares of rainforest will be reforested in collaboration with the villagers and fire protection teams will be trained to minimise the constant threat of forest fires.”
Piperidis continued, “Orang-utans can be protected in the long term and their habitat preserved only if we understand the local people and integrate them into the project.”