The incredible rainforests of Borneo, Indonesia are some of the most species-rich and biodiverse in the world. Indonesia’s forests are more than 140 million years old — the oldest tropical forests on earth. And though they only cover about 1 percent of earth’s surface, their biodiversity is staggering, housing 10 percent of the world’s plants, 16 percent of reptiles and amphibians, 17 percent of birds, and 12 percent of mammals, including the iconic and critically endangered orangutan.
Forests and Habitats at Risk
Throughout Borneo, these forests are under threat, being logged (often illegally) or cleared to make way for new mines and vast oil palm plantations. Indonesia produces about half of the world’s palm oil, a profitable and ubiquitous food and cosmetics ingredient that has driven slash-and-burn deforestation and destruction of peatlands. Millions of acres of forests are now green deserts that support only human consumption.
A Partnership to Help Protect Our Forests
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Arhaus are partnering to help protect these critical forests. Along with TNC's affiliate in Indonesia, Yayasan Konservasi Alam Nusantara (YKAN), we are working to forge sustainable livelihoods and secure habitats for wildlife in Borneo, Indonesia.