The Mawas Conservation Program is a BOS Foundation program protecting 309,000 hectares of natural habitat for wild orangutans. Administratively, Mawas encompasses two main districts — South Barito and Kapuas districts — as well as five sub-districts and 53 villages with a population of 29,000 families. The Mawas peatland also sustains one of the largest remaining orangutan populations with an estimated 3,000 orangutans inhabiting the area.
The Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) is an endangered species and protected by law. The Mawas Conservation Program plays a very important role in the conservation of this species of orangutan and its habitat, as well as in the conservation of more general biodiversity, environment and local community development.
The benefits of Mawas Conservation Program include:
- Helping to decrease the world’s greenhouse gas emission effects.
- Raising international awareness on endangered species and their long-term conservation in natural habitat.
- Positive economical influence for the communities residing in and around Mawas.
- Implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Agenda 21 (climate change, sustainable bussiness development etc.), Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), and Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.
- Providing opportunities for local government staff to obtain scholarships (local and international) by conducting research in Mawas.
The BOS Foundation is all too acutely aware that there is no future for orangutans without protection of their natural habitat. The BOS Foundation manage several habitat rehabilitation and protection programs through forest and natural resources management, which are designed to not only restore and safeguard critical land, but also to employ and encourage local communities to participate in eco-friendly sustainable activities.
The BOS Foundation actively organises many education and information sharing programs, whether in big cities or in areas surrounding our facilities. Education is an important means of communication with local and international communities, to increase understanding on the importance of preserving wild animals and habitats. School visits and programs, awareness campaigns, expos, workshops, teacher training and book publication are just some of the efforts the BOS Foundation has made to improve awareness and knowledge on orangutan ecology and conservation.
Aside from education programs, the BOS Foundation has developed, and continues to develop, relationships with national and international environmental organisations to help support the orangutan’s plight. The BOS Foundation was involved in the development of Indonesian Orangutan Conservation Strategy and Action Plan 2007-2017 and continues to implement the plan, the core target of which is to stabilize orangutan populations and habitats between 2007 and 2017.
The BOS Foundation conducts many activities designed to increase the skills and capabilities in local communities, khususnya the sustainable management of natural resources, to ultimately empower them to develop their own economies, use the forest wisely and reduce local pressures on conservation areas.
For more information, contact:
Mawas Conservation Program
Jalan Nuri 9 RT. 01 RW. XXIV
Kelurahan Bukit Tunggal
Kecamatan Jekan Raya
Palangka Raya 73112, Indonesia
Ph: +62 (0) 536 3308414
Fax: +62 (0) 536 3229296