History


2000 Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Program (GPOCP) was established by orangutan researcher Dr. Cheryl Knott and research project manager Elizabeth Hill in response to the growing threat that illegal human activities posed to orangutans and other endangered wildlife living in and around Gunung Palung National Park.

GPOCP registered as non-governmental organization in Indonesia under name Yayasan Palung.
2002 First Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by GPOCP and local government agencies pledging cooperation on wildlife conservation.
2003 Illegal logging increased within Gunung Palung, forcing research activities and tourism to be suspended.
2004 Founding of Peramas Environmental Education Arena Program, GPOCP’s first environmental education initiative targeting a specific community of vital importance for National Park conservation efforts.
2005 Launch of GPOCP’s environmental education curriculum training for teachers, leading to the first module on environment and conservation in local schools.
2006 In a program first, two GPOCP staff are selected – based on their winning essays – for scholarships to attend the annual international primate symposium held in Uganda. GPOCP staff received two of only five scholarships awarded worldwide.
2007 Lubuk Baji, GPOCP’s environmental education and ecotourism campsite, rebuilt.
GPOCP forms consortium with government agencies, NGOs and researchers for rebuilding and managing Cabang Panti research station.
In late 2007, Cabang Panti research station is rebuilt and operational.
2008 Kayong Utara Regency established.
Purchased land for Environmental Education Center in Kayong Utara Regency.
2009 Our Conservation Awareness team was merged with our Animal and Habitat
Protection team.
Our Alternative Livelihoods Program work was brought under the direction
of our Environmental Education team.
Environmental Education Center built in Pampang Harapan.
2010 Organized the first successful trial and conviction of a wild orangutan dealer in West Kalimantan.
First formal creation of a customary forest in the region at Riam Berasap Jaya.
Expanded Environmental Education Center with construction of a new wing.
Founded a bamboo artisan group, RBL.
Founded a new volunteer group – Kayong Utara Youth Conservationists.
2011 Increased grassroots participation in spatial planning processes.
At the end of 2011 were in negotiations with the West Kalimantan Conservation Department to strengthen law enforcement efforts through an Orangutan Response Unit.
Worked with the Ketapang Regency government to create a government-civil society Conservation Joint Secretariat.
2012 Increased local government support for non-timber forest product initiatives.
Continued the work we began in 2010 with the villages of Laman Satong and Riam Berasap Jaya to develop Customary Forest Management Boards and village-level Customary Forest Regulations.
Conducted a socio-economic livelihoods research survey in villages surrounding Gunung Palung National Park to gain a deeper understanding of natural resource use by these communities.
2013 For Environmental Day 2013, GPOCP organized a major competition for conservation awareness writing and tree planting between six schools in the city of Ketapang.
In 2013, GPOCP joined forces with partnering organization Yayasan International Rescue Indonesia (YIARI) to establish the Human-Orangutan Conflict Response Team.
Since our pilot 1,070 hectare Customary Forest in the village of Laman Satong is in its final stage of receiving legal protection, our Forest Protection Initiative has started gaining the same status for two larger and critically important forests around the National Park.