CZECH- INDONESIAN PROJECT GREEN LIFE
THE RAINFOREST PROTECTING WILDLIFE CONSERVATION
- FOREST FOR CHILDREN – A Czech non-profit organisation that was founded in 2009, chaired by Milan Jeglík, it has 10 members in the Czech Republic. It organises and raises funds for the Green Life Project in Sumatra. Through the Richest Ecosystem on Planet Earth (REPE) school program, it raises awareness of conservation issues and funds for the Green Life Project.
- YAYASAN HUTAN UNTUK ANAK – Indonesian non-profit organisation that was founded in 2012. It has five members in Indonesia. Led by chairman Ali Rusli, YHUA is responsible for the operation of the anti-poaching patrols and surveillance of the Green Life reserve.
The aim of the Green Life Project is to create a private rainforest reserve on the border of Gunung Leuser National Park. Guarded and regularly patrolled it will act as a buffer zone to the park protecting it from poachers and illegal logging. It will extend the rapidly decreasing lowland forest habitat preferred by the critically endangered Sumatran subspecies of tiger, elephant and orangutan which is often unprotected and in areas earmarked for development. To achieve this aim, our activities are focussed in three main areas.
GREEN LIFE PROJECT OPERATIONS:
- GREEN LIFE RESERVE – A land purchase project to create a usefully large, protected rainforest reserve on the border of Gunung Leuser National Park in the Bohorok region of North Sumatra. Part of the Leuser Ecosystem, this area of lowland forest is recognised as being essential to the wildlife of the GLNP but is not protected. The long term goal is to buy all the land on the park side of the Berkail river valley, approximately 700 hectares, but in the medium term 400 hectares will allow us to effectively protect this border of the park. From an initial 5 hectares in 2009, the Green Life reserve now provides over 60 hectares of safe habitat.
- TIGER HOUSE – The newly built and recently opened education and information centre will provide the focus for the community support that is essential to any conservation project. We offer free after-school classes to local children wanting to learn English with a focus on wildlife protection. The information centre is open 6 days per week, providing local and foreign tourists with information about the flora and fauna of the forest and how it might best be protected. The Tiger House will also coordinate a rubbish and recycling scheme, as nothing is presently provided for local people.
- TIGER COMMANDO – An anti-poaching patrol employing local people, replacing the Green Patrol volunteer team. The patrol will operate on the Green Life reserve and along the border of Gunung Leuser National Park 20 days a month.