News

Join Paul in saving orangutans

Paul Daley with a tree kangaroo in Northern Queensland.
Paul Daley with a tree kangaroo in Northern Queensland. Contributed

ORANGUTAN rescue and stopping illegal deforestation has again drawn Paul Daley to camp in a Borneo forest, this time for 100 days.

He and fellow members of DeforestACTION will set up a deforestation monitoring system, plant trees and rescue orangutans.

Mr Daley, 25, has a Certificate 4 in Conservation and Land Management and said the monitoring system will enable the public to become actively involved in stopping illegal deforestation on the island.

"People can log on to their computers live and monitor a hectare of forest each," he explained.

"When they see some disappear they can notify us and we'll notify police and authorities in the area."

Mr Daley grew up wandering forests around Kyogle and said deforestation was "one of the biggest environmental challenges on the planet".

While he was optimistic about the outcomes of the trip, he admitted there would be dangers.

"They do have gangs who use intimidation tactics towards local people but I don't think they'd be stupid enough to do something to us because we've got police and government on our side and the cameras will be rolling," Mr Daley said.

Ex-Clunes film-maker Cathy Henkel will make a documentary.

Borneo's forests were used by gangs to illegally smuggle orangutans into Malaysia, he said.

"To tackle all of this illegal action, we need strong relationships with local police and government."

He was not worried because Dr Willie Smit, one of the project's organisers, had been co-operating with local authorities for several years.

Last year, Mr Daley and other DeforestACTION members travelled to Borneo on a reconnaissance mission and held an online seminar watched by about 30,000 people worldwide.

DeforestACTION will run a similar web seminar on March 28 and Mr Daley expected 100,000 viewers.

You can support Mr Daley's work at dfa.tigweb.org/hub/paul.

 

THE END GAME

  • Once known as the lungs of Asia, Borneo's forests are at the brink of an ecological disaster.
  • Almost 60% of protected national parkland has been illegally logged
  • The illegal timber is turned into plywood and exported to other parts of Asia. It is also used to build furniture for Japanese, European and US markets.
  • There are more than 420 bird and 220 mammal species in Kalimantan, half of which depend on the rainforests for survival.
  • If the current rate of destruction continues, the island of Kalimantan, which is the size of about 60% of NSW, will be stripped of its rainforests in the next three years.

Topics:  borneo, orangutans


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

A practical stand against violence against women

TAKING A STAND: Taekwondo black belt and owner of Strike Martial Arts, Shane McKeahnie, is holding free self-defence classes for women later this month.

Black belt offering course in martial arts

Pacific Highway lanes reopen after 4WD, trailer crash

Crash involving a 4WD and a trailer causing disruption to traffic

Vanessa is ready for a new challenge

Ballina local, Vanessa Farrell, 25, was welcomed into the Australian Army today through an Appointment Ceremony at Brisbane Defence Force Recruiting Centre. She will now travel to the Royal Military College-Duntroon in Canberra to commence her training as a General Service Officer.

Vanessa Farrell was one of 79 recruits appointed to Duntroon

Latest deals and offers

Guide to the ‘perfect day’ on the Northern Rivers

GOT visitors in town and not sure where to take them for the “Northern Rivers experience”?

A practical stand against violence against women

TAKING A STAND: Taekwondo black belt and owner of Strike Martial Arts, Shane McKeahnie, is holding free self-defence classes for women later this month.

Black belt offering course in martial arts

Pacific Highway lanes reopen after 4WD, trailer crash

Crash involving a 4WD and a trailer causing disruption to traffic

Vanessa is ready for a new challenge

Ballina local, Vanessa Farrell, 25, was welcomed into the Australian Army today through an Appointment Ceremony at Brisbane Defence Force Recruiting Centre. She will now travel to the Royal Military College-Duntroon in Canberra to commence her training as a General Service Officer.

Vanessa Farrell was one of 79 recruits appointed to Duntroon

Poisoner robs preschoolers of friend

Wollongbar Community preschoolers look mournfully at the figtree in the preschool grounds which was poisoned during the school holidays.

Wollongbar kids return to school to find beloved figtree poisoned.

How an interview became a contact with my loved one

Spirit medium Charmaine Wilson brings messages of love and healing to those suffering the loss of a loved one on her Mystical Messages Tour.

During a chat to medium Charmaine Wilson

Pokémon Go makes Ingress into Clarence Valley

Pokemon Go player Dan Optland is pictured in the game w ith a "Pidgey" Pokemon he lured to a Pokestop at the Clarence Valley Conservatorium.

Pokemon Go Pokestops evolved from hard work of unsuspecting friends.

Superheroes of the big screen enjoy sounds of Splendour

CHRIS Hemsworth and his Avengers mates drop by Byron festival.

Dynamic pics from Splendour Day 1

The Strokes perform at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Check out the latest pictures from Splendour in the Grass.

Bindi Irwin: 18 magic photos to mark her 18th birthday

Bindi Irwin with a python.

Photos: Bindi Irwin from babyhood to 18

Aussie director makes his mark on new Roots mini-series

Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte in a scene from the TV series Roots.

BRUCE Beresford behind final episode of remake of iconic series.

The Avalanches pull plug on live broadcast of Splendour set

The Avalanches are an Australian electronic music group.

RADIO listeners won't be able to tune in to the band's show tonight.

Who's got Richie's heart all aflutter?

Richie Strahan stars in season four of The Bachelor.

THE Bachelor has found his dream woman second time around.

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started