Can Carbon Markets Save Orangutans?

Written by David Connell on . Posted in Learn

Orangutans are known worldwide as “the people of the forest” and the face of Indonesian conservation. The orangutans of Borneo and Sumatra are uniquely beautiful, undeniably compelling … and incredibly endangered. These precious creatures should be well protected as both a cultural icon and an endangered species.

But not nearly enough is being done to save orangutans. The time to act is now, or this precious animal will be lost forever. The recent discussions on global climate change at Bali have provided a great opportunity to effectively protect orangutan habitats — using the mechanism of carbon markets to make conserving those habitats financially attractive.


(image: Eileen Herrling/The Nature Conservancy)

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