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Conservation News Update: $28.5 Million Debt Swap to Protect Borneo’s Tropical Forests

The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) are joining with the Indonesian and U.S. Governments today to sign a debt-for-nature swap agreement that will result in a new $28.5 million investment to help protect tropical forests in three districts of Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. The deal will create models for forest conservation and sustainable economic development in Borneo, the third-largest …

Roger Nelson—Friend, Mentor and Champion for the Orangutans

Roger & Rosalie first had us to dinner in 1976. They had finished renovating their home in Oakland and invited us to share the beauty of their work. Roger was an expert at everything he tried—renovations, photography, writing, landscape architecture and relationships. Thus began a friendship of over 35 years with generous and true-hearted Roger and Rosalie Indonesia 1996 In …

OC/OVAG Veterinary Workshop Brings Together Those Working to Save the Orangutan

The 2011 Orangutan Conservancy/Orangutan Veterinary Advisory Group (OC/OVAG) Workshop convened this year in the south central region of the island of Java. A sense of urgency was in the air as Indonesian rehabilitation centers have been given the time frame of 2015-2017 to release all captive orangutans back into the wild. Whether this ambitious governmental mandate is feasible or practical …