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#OrangutanDay of Freedom: BOS Foundation Marks International Orangutan Day with Public Event

The BOS Foundation, together with the support of some of Indonesia’s most-loved celebrities, isholding a public event to commemorate both Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia andInternational Orangutan Day, and to highlight the orangutan and habitat conservation effort.

 

Jakarta, August 20th, 2017:The BOS Foundation, winner of the ‘Brand of the Year – Animalis Edition 2017-2018’ award, will celebrate the 72nd Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia, as well as mark International Orangutan Day, which falls on August 19 annually, with the #OrangutanDay of Freedom event at fX Sudirman, Jakarta. With the theme #OrangutanFreedom, the event aims to raise awareness and funds for the BOS Foundation’s orangutan and habitat conservation activities in Central and East Kalimantan.

A number of Indonesian celebrities and artists have offered their support and will be joining the event: singers like Nugie, Melanie Subono, Oppie Andaresta, Sivia Azizah, and Ify Alyssa; a number of musical acts, such as Slank, Fade2Black, and Lightcraft; as well as some prominent figures from the arts and entertainment industry, such as Hilbram Dunar, Rukmi Wisnu Wardhani, Davina Veronica, and Riyanni Djangkaru, have either donated some of their private items for sale or will be performing on the day. The #OrangutanDay of Freedom event is part of a series of events organized by the BOS Foundation to mark this year’s International Orangutan Day. Two days prior, Director-General of Natural Resources Conservation and Ecosystem of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ir. Wiratno, MSc., inaugurated the BOS Foundation’s new baby house at the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rehabilitation Center in Central Kalimantan, which will house 16 orangutan babies from the center’s Nursery group. This baby house is where orangutans aged four years and under will rest every night, after a busy day of climbing and playing in the nearby Forest School area. The #OrangutanDay of Freedom event at fX Sudirman is a collaborative effort between the BOS Foundation and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK). Several other parties, including PT. Bank Central Asia Tbk., Fitness First Senayan City, and fX Sudirman Jakarta, will support the event and help highlight the orangutan and habitat conservation issue to the residents of Jakarta.

Dr. Ir. Jamartin Sihite, BOS Foundation CEO said, “Every day, we receive questions about orangutans, from both people abroad and from our fellow citizens. We can see there is considerably increasing interest from the public about orangutans and the habitat conservation effort. But we want to inform everyone and stress to them that as long as we, humans, need clean air, clean water, and a regulated climate, and if we want to avoid rivers flooding and landslides from occurring, then humans need to maintain the existence and quality of our remaining forests. And that nature has actually given us a great preserver of the forests: orangutans! Orangutans spread seeds and open the forest canopy to let sunlight reach the forest floor so plants can grow. So the key to forest conservation is actually orangutan safety.”

“The presence of our friends from the arts and entertainment industry here today, giving support to our cause, is a tremendously joyous thing. They have many followers, are role models to many, and inspire many people. Hopefully the participation of these great friends of the BOS Foundation can inspire more community members out there to help save orangutans and their habitats. “To mark the occasion, PT. Bank Central Asia (BCA) Tbk. will symbolically hand over a donation to support the various orangutan and habitat conservation activities undertaken by the BOS Foundation. BCA has provided moral and financial support to a number of BOS Foundation activities since 2013.

Inge Setiawati, Executive Vice President Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) PT. Bank Central Asia Tbk., said, “BCA, through its CSR program, has provided support for the orangutan and habitat conservation efforts undertaken by the BOS Foundation, as we believe that wild animals such as orangutans should live freely in their natural habitats. We also believe that greater support can be provided by the general public. Therefore, on this day, BCA supports this awareness-raising public event. We very much hope that by holding such events, Indonesians will become more aware of the importance of saving orangutans and their habitats.”

Minister of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia, Dr. Ir. Siti Nurbaya Bakar, MSc., also gave full support to orangutan conservation efforts, including this awareness-raising public event.

Dr. Ir. Siti Nurbaya Bakar, MSc., Minister of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia, offered her support for the orangutan conservation effort, and said: “We at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry want to remind everyone that our forests and forest biodiversity are invaluable assets, not only for us in Indonesia, but for all mankind. Good quality forests support the lives of all living things, including humans. Therefore, I and all the staff of the ministerial office will always try as hard as possible to preserve these assets. We at the Ministry welcome all conservation efforts undertaken by organizations, groups, and individuals, including the orangutan and habitat conservation effort by the BOS Foundation. We are aware that this conservation effort cannot be carried out partially and individually. All of us, including the central and local governments, communities, community groups, the private sector, and both environmental and social organisations, are stakeholders. We all benefit from the existence of sustainable forests. Let us work hand in hand to create a sustainable forest and well-preserved biodiversity for the sake of our future generations. “Founded in 1991, the BOS Foundation works to rescue orangutans in Kalimantan, particularly in Central and East Kalimantan provinces, and focuses its activities on rescue, rehabilitation and release efforts, as well as long-term conservation of orangutan populations and their habitats. After a decade of unsuccessful orangutan release to natural forests, the BOS Foundation managed to overcome a huge obstacle by obtaining a permit for the management of a forest area and immediately recommenced its orangutan release program in 2012. Since then, the BOS Foundation has released 301 orangutans back to the forests of Borneo. The BOS Foundation expresses its gratitude to the parties that have helped this event take place: fX Sudirman, for providing a great venue; Fitness First Senayan City; and all stakeholders for their support and contribution to the conservation of this critically endangered species.

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Contact:

Djati Witjaksono Hadi

Head of Public Relations Bureau The Ministry of Environment and Forestry

Email: djatiwhadi@yahoo.com

PT. Bank Central Asia Tbk.

Corporate Secretary Division – Corporate Communication Sub Division

Public Relation Bureau

Jl. MH Thamrin No. 1 BCA Grand Indonesia lt.20, Jakarta Pusat

Email: humas@bca.co.id

Paulina Laurensia Ela

BOSF Communication Specialist

Email: pauline@orangutan.or.id

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Editor’s Note:

ABOUT BOS FOUNDATION

Founded in 1991, the BOS Foundation is a non-profit Indonesian organization dedicated to the conservation of Bornean orangutans and their natural habitats, working together with local communities, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia, and international partner organizations.

The BOS Foundation currently has around 650 orangutans in two rehabilitation centres, with support from 440 highly dedicated staff and experts in the fields of primatology, biodiversity, ecology, forest rehabilitation, agroforestry, community empowerment, communications, education, and orangutan welfare. For further information, please visit www.orangutan.or.id.

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