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 splash of cash for community

CASH AVAILABLE: At the launch of the ETC community fund's grants are (from left) ETC chair Rod McKelvey and previous recipients from the House With No Steps, local initiatives co-ordinator Tori Smith and area manager Tina Purdon.

$120,000 up for grabs for community groups

Rainbow club shines at Gold Coast regatta

Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club at the Gold Coast's Broadwater regatta.

Teams battled it out in blistering heat

FORECAST: Perfect storm for a lazy weekend

Rain is on the way on the Northern Rivers.

Much needed heat relief expected to continue

Local Partners

Former Family Matters stare accused of child abuse

DARIUS McCrary, who played Eddie Winslow on the ’90s sitcom Family Matters, has been accused of holding his infant daughter over a pot of boiling water.

Bindi Irwin's birthday tribute to her dad

Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin has paid tribute to her dad on his 55th birthday

Reality TV show gives Maryborough a boost

*WARNING EMBARGOED until 9.15pm Monday January 30* Sean Hollands and Susan Rawlings pictured after their wedding on the TV series Married At First Sight. Supplied by Channel 9.

Maryborough looks good on reality TV show.

Buderim dad rejects gay son's emotional plea for second time

LOVERS: Grant and Chris have been together for more than three years, and Chris' parents refuse to acknowledge their son's fiance.

Son’s emotional plea rejected again by unmoved father

What's on the big screen this week

Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

This week's new releases offer plenty of variety for movie buffs.

REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

Hodges proud to be part of first channel dedicated to NRL

Justin Hodges is gearing up for his new gig on Fox League.

Footy star hopes to provide a voice for players on new NRL channel

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!