Conservation team


Building Community Participation to Conserve Orangutans and Their Forests: My 18 Years at Yayasan Palung

By Edi Rahman, GPOCP Field Director In 2000 I earned my Bachelor’s Degree from the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Tanjungpura University, Pontianak, Indonesia. After completing my education, I began work as an anti-corruption activist for an organization based in the Ketapang Regency, West Borneo. There, I met some friends who worked in the […]


Insights from Indonesia: The Social Impact of Environmental Conservation

By Victoria Gehrke, GPOCP Program Director Where can I begin in summarizing what I have learned from over a year in Borneo? I’ve learned about culture, kindness, community cohesiveness, communication and how these are intrinsically integrated into conversation success. Environmental conservation is not only an inter-disciplinary practice, but an inherently social one. Not just scientists, […]


World Rainforest Day – Restoring the World’s Rainforests During a Global Pandemic

By Natalie Robinson, Program Coordinator Monday June 22nd was World Rainforest Day. This holiday, first celebrated in 2017, serves as a day to raise awareness and encourage action to save the Earth’s rainforests. To virtually spread awareness this year, GPOCP Executive Director Cheryl Knott was invited to join a live webinar hosted by Health in Harmony. […]


Off to University after Three Years as a Field Lab Assistant

By Muhammad Syainullah, Field Laboratory Assistant I first went to Cabang Panti Research Station in April 2017. I had been a conservation volunteer at the Yayasan Palung (GPOCP) office through the youth group Relawan Konservasi Taruna Penjaga Alam (RK-TAJAM) for almost three years. During this time I campaigned to save orangutans and the forest, even though […]


Earth Day 2020

By Victoria Gehrke, Conservation Program Director Same day, different year, but a world view ago. Last year for Earth Day, GPOCP staff and volunteers headed out to pick up trash in the local city park and created awareness about caring for our Earth and preventing pollution. For Earth Day 2020, we, along with the rest of […]