MAWAS CONSERVATION PROGRAM

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 2550 orangutans inhabiting the area. The Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) is a Critically 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:

    1. Protecting one of the largest remaining Bornean orangutan populations.
    2. Helping to decrease the world’s greenhouse gas emission effects.
    3. Raising international awareness on endangered species and their long-term conservation in natural habitat.
    4. Positive economic benefits for the communities residing and and around Mawas.
    5. 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.
    6. Providing opportunities for local government staff to obtain scholarships (local and international) by conducting research in Mawas

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