Conservation team


Stories from My Media Trip: Voicing Nature and Planting Trees on Critical Land

By Petrus Kanisius, Environmental Education Communication & Media Officer Last month I represented GPOCP as an attendee at a media training seminar organized by the Indonesia-based organization, Earthqualizer. I, along with a group of other journalists, were part of a two-day retreat where we learned about scientific writing, and traveled to remote forests to learn […]


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 […]