Along side raising awareness about key conservation, we also aim to assist the members of our network with fundraising campaigns . We are in the process of putting together material for new campaigns for each of our network organisations which we will be launching over the coming months. Scroll down below to see some of the work we have been doing and for a preview of whats to come.
Mountain Gorilla Covid Fund
The Bwindi Development Network (BDN) work with the frontline communities around the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, teaching them about mountain gorilla conservation and reforming locals from wildlife poaching. Much of this work relies on the organisation being able to provide ex-poachers with eco-tourism jobs which unfortunately all came to a halt during the Covid-19 pandemic. While the world was in lockdown, Rafiki, a silverback of the Bwindi mountain gorilla population, was killed by poachers. This incident highlighted how vulnerable the mountain gorilla population is without the important work of the BDN. As such, we urgently began a campaign to raise funds to be put towards providing the frontline communities with work and food in the absence of tourism, so that they can reframe from entering the forest to hunt.
So far we've
PLant 4 hornbills
They will be planting mainly 25 different species of native wild fig trees in the planned areas. The reason for this is because firstly the seeds can be easily gathered from the forest and planted in a nursery, to be grown into young trees for transplanting. But the most important reason is because the fruits are widely eaten by a variety of species, particularly hornbills, who subsequently disperse the seeds into different areas. Therefore by choosing fig trees, the regeneration of the forest should take place at a faster rate. The seeds of other tree species would then be naturally dispersed into the planting area by animals who come to feed on the fig trees with stomach of seeds from other species.
We are running this campaign through Patreon where people are able to finance the planting of the fig trees through their subscription fee. In we will provide regular updates, photos, videos, interviews and interesting insights into the research.
Much of the Borneo's jungles over the past few decades have been destroyed and turned into palm oil plantations, leaving the remaining areas of forest very fragmented and isolated. Without connectivity it is very challenging for many species to find enough food, suitable mates and to escape from danger. The isolation also causes a reduction in population genetic diversity, making species increasingly vulnerable to disease and changes in their environment.
Luckily 1StopBorneo have a vision to change this and have been able to secure the rights to regenerate native forest corridors through the palm oil plantations, in order to connect various isolated fragments.