One of our by product activities is to use our Conservation Fund and other donor funds responsibly in community based development programs with NO administration fees.
(1) Campaign to help reforest Tanjung Putting National Park
This program is a result of the devastating fires in 2015 in Borneo which nearly destroyed to Tanjung Puting NP. The program is funded from private donors and our company Conservation Fund. it is divided into two areas (1) the development of a tree nursery in conjunction with Friends of the National Parks (FNP), and (2) The training of three Indonesians (staff members of the Rimba Orangutan Eco Lodge, the Tanjung Puting National Park and the NGO Friends of the National Parks) by the Beechmont Rural Fire Brigade in Australia and their subsequent return to train others and form local volunteer groups. The Australian part has been completed and they have returned home to continue the development of a RAPID RESPONSE FOREST PROTECTION UNIT based in the village of Tanjung Harapan. There are several phases (1) equipment (2) the training of 15 persons as a special team ready at any time (3) organisation of a volunteer organisation for tree planting and firefighting, and (4) liaising with government specific organisations (especially the National Parks) to coordinate any future response. At the same time, we have paid for a nursery for trees from the company CONSERVATION Fund funded by US$10 contributions from all guests who book through our Tours and Travel company ECOSAFARI INDONESIA.
We will be reporting updates of expenses on this site and our Facebook site (www.facebook.com/ECOLODGESINDONESIA)
This a long term activity which will require constant funding as the next stage is paying for equipment and water sources on site. We will need constant support and will inform our donors as we proceed. Thank you all for your support, 100% of funds reach the target as we charge no administration fees. We will shortly be producing accounts for all your funds.
(2) Syoubri, Arfak Mountains, West Papua
Ecolodges Indonesia has signed an agreement with Magnificus Expeditions (formerly Papua Bird Club www.papuabirdclub.com) to assist in the development and marketing of tours in West Papua, a glorious part of Indonesia. This is a long tern program involving working with the local people to upgrade home stays and increase their income by ecotourism. In July, Meryl Wilson and Kadek, Manager of the Udayana Kingfisher Eco Lodge will travel to Papua to begin training.
We have a number of smaller programs associated with the each lodge, which are described on lodge pages.
Conservation, Community and Culture are at the Heart of our existence
Each lodge is dedicated to education and engaging communities in sustainability, the environment, promoting the unique and diverse cultures of the Indonesian people and supporting efforts to protect some of the world’s most endangered species.
Some recent initiatives include extension of the Kelimutu Crater Lakes Eco Lodge, building a small meeting room at this also; purchasing 5 ha of land at the edge of the MBeliling bird sanctuary, extending our solar power systems at Kelimutu, the completion of a new and large system at the Rimba Orangutan Eco Lodge in Borneo, the purchase of a new boat (The Rimba King) to strengthen the boat – river experience and continuing several small activities at each lodge funded by the company Conservation Fund (funded by $10 fees paid by every guest booking through us). The company now owns and protects over 50 ha around all our lodges which is all for conservation.