Environmental Facts and Our Mission
The rainforests of the world’s third largest island are some of the most biodiverse in the world. They have been rapidly and relentlessly logged, burned, and bulldozed in recent decades, leaving only a small proportion of its magnificence intact.
The time to act is now
We want to help preserve the unique and amazing Borneo habitat and its biodiversity, for future generations and further raise environmental awareness.
We need to reignite local and international passion for environmental action.
Everyone can make a difference.
To highlight conservation awareness and reignite local passion for action is our goal
We will work in partnership with environmental organisations already active in Borneo to put the funds raised by the Trans Borneo Run to effective and immediate use.
There is still a lot left to protect
The scale of the environmental destruction to date is just incomprehensible.
Without enforcement of the existing laws, control of proper environmental standards and strict industry regulation, the modern equipment available in the market today will cause maximum destruction in a minimal amount of time.
In a time where we have all the knowledge, we should choose to do something, no matter how small, and play our part in protecting the habitats.
• Many solutions are tied up in the policies and politics of Government.
• Deforestation is the act of forest clearing for logging, agriculture or urban development. It alters climate, vegetation and animal ecology as well as increasing the risks of soil erosion, landslides and flooding.
• The unique ecosystems in Borneo have over the last few decades have been extensively damaged and may be beyond repair.
• Much of the primary rain forest in Borneo has been stripped of its most valuable trees by logging (both illegally and legally).
• The most widely accepted cause of illegal logging is profit. Illegally harvested timber is more profitable as there is no expenditure on obtaining certification or taxation.
• There appears to be little land use strategy applied to logging which creates isolated “islands” of forest which has major impacts on the wildlife habitats.
• Vast swathes of rain forest have been cleared to be replaced by a monoculture of oil palm plantations, on an industrial agricultural scale displacing human and animal populations.
• The destruction of the Rainforest is shrinking available habitats and forcing animals, such as pygmy elephants, orangutans to look elsewhere for food - for example Orangutans spend 90% of their time in the tree canopy-when you cut down the trees, they have nowhere to go. Animals then encroach on villages and farms looking for food, leaving them vulnerable to poachers and the pet trade.
• The orangutan population of the Island has more than halved in the past 16 years and fewer than 100,000 remain. In 2008 they were declared a critically endangered species mainly due to the destruction of their natural habitat.
What We Can All Do
• Donate funds to Trans Borneo Run so that we can distribute to partner organisations.
• Join Andi on one of the stages of the Trans Borneo Run.
• Keep conservation on the Government Agenda by petitioning and asking questions regarding creation of protected habitats, enforcement of existing laws, distribution of funds etc.
• Raise awareness of environmental issues and discuss how it affects you with your friends and family. The environment is everyone’s responsibility. Knowledge of the issues is fundamental – read, learn, understand, act.
• Support local and international NGO’s by volunteering, organising a fund raiser or donating.
• Look after your environment at home and abroad. Arrange a beach clean, road verge clean, community space etc and encourage others to do the same.
• Support your local recycling initiatives.
• Become aware of your single use plastic use and minimise it (refuse plastic straws, take your own shopping bags to supermarkets, refillable coffee cups etc).
• Don’t purchase furniture or other items made from non-certified exotic timber.
• Support companies that do not use Palm Oil in their products.
Nature is very strong and can survive with appropriate
protective conservation measures and allowed to recover.