Northern Sumatra's rainforests are irreplaceable. They are some of the most unique and important forests on the planet, home to rare Tapanuli & Sumatran orangutans and other precious species. Supporting thousands of forest-edge communities, these ecosystems are key in the global fight against climate change.
Northern Sumatra is a unique landscape, the only place on Earth where orangutans, tigers, elephants and rhinos still live side by side. Local forest-edge communities rely on the same forests for small-scale farming to earn a living, but often their practices erode instead of enrich the land. Infrastructure projects for socio-economic development put pressure on too. With so many competing demands on the rainforest, we must support a sustainable pathway for orangutans.
SOS supports strategic action to protect precious rainforests across Northern Sumatra, including the unique Leuser Ecosystem. We work with local partners and forest edge communities to provide training and support for vital forest rewilding activity. We use satellite data and other monitoring tools to measure the effects of our projects - and to identify real-time deforestation so we can take action. We monitor wildlife and identify how to protect endangered populations most effectively.
Our vision is secure populations of wild orangutans thriving in safe forests. Central to this success is our programme to engage forest edge communities in activities which protect the forest. With your help, we can ensure that we successfully protect, restore and connect critical rainforest landscapes and secure orangutans' future. SOS has planted over 2million trees and engaged 20,000 people to protect, restore and connect the unique rainforest so orangutans can thrive. Please join us.