Regular Donor Report: Orangerie Bay
Spring 2016

In September, we launched our most existing partnership to date: saving rainforest in Papua New Guinea.

And thanks to you, three villages in East Papua New Guinea are now protecting more than 30,000 acres of rainforest. Without your regular donations, this forest would be cleared to make way for Palm Oil plantations.

 

Our partnership in Papua New Guinea has a new name.

We launched the partnership as Yakolima, the name of the community association in our first partner village, Gadaisu. But already, we’ve been approached by new villages who want to partner with us. That’s why we’ve decided to rename the partnership Orangerie Bay.

Orangerie Bay is one of the most diverse areas of Papua New Guinea. It encompasses tropical rainforest, coral reef, and mangrove forests. It is also one of the most threatened. Palm oil is encroaching from the north and west. Some of the villages who’ve made contact with us have already had approaches from plantation owners. With your help, we can partner with every one of them, and keep their forest standing.

Teaching the future guardians of the forest

Regular Donor Report: Orangerie Bay <br /> Spring 2016

Monitoring biodiversity is one of the best ways to make sure that forest protection is working.

By recording the numbers and types of different species in the forest we can tell that the forest is healthy. Degraded forests have far less biodiversity, and the surest sign of forest health is bigger animals, like large birds, and predators.

In our Orangerie Bay partnership in Papua New Guinea, we’ve been holding workshops in the primary school in Gadaisu.

We asked the children to draw pictures of their favourite animals and plants and got some of amazing drawings, from fish and turtles to birds of paradise and snakes. And of course, lots of trees.

Some very brave volunteers stood up at the front of the class to pretend to be some of the different animals that are found in Papua New Guinea. We had a wonderful harpy eagle, a Southern Crowned pigeon, a tree kangaroo and a banana plant.

Cool Earth Biodiversity Workshops in PNG

The children live in one of the most biodiverse places on the earth and it’s no surprise that they quickly understood how food webs and interdependencies work. Without tree kangaroos to eat fruit from the trees and spread the tree seeds, there are less seedlings and new trees. With no tree kangaroos, the harpy eagles will have less to eat. The children realise how important it is to conserve every part of the food chain, including the plants that are at the beginning of each and every one. Thanks to your support, forest protection will be second nature to these future guardians of the forest.

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Regular Donor Report: Orangerie Bay <br /> Spring 2016
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