Over the last 6 months we’ve been partnering with UK-based conservation charity, World Land Trust, on an initiative to help protect the planet. As part of The Hable Forest, we are: 

  • Planting 1 tree for every learning day we deliver  
  • Donating £1 towards land purchase for every feedback survey we receive  
  • Raising vital funds to support Forest Rangers  

We’re proud to be funding this vital work in some of the World’s most vulnerable habitats: Brazil, India and Borneo. To further highlight the need for conservation and protection in these areas, we’re going to be sharing more about each of them on our blog, starting with the fantastic work that World Land Trust are doing in Borneo.  

Wildlife in Borneo

Considered to be the World’s third largest Island, Borneo is an incredibly biodiverse environment, rich with an abundance of wildlife, and home to some of the oldest rainforests in the world. With so many untouched areas, home to thousands of species of plants and animals with some still undiscovered, Borneo is one of the most unique places on Earth.

It contains a vast number of endemic species, meaning they are not found anywhere else on the planet; the Bornean Pygmy Elephant, the Bornean Orangutan and Proboscis Monkey to name just a few.

Threats to the environment in Borneo

Due to its vast wealth of natural resources like palm oil, rubber and coal, the environment in Borneo is under a constant threat. The rainforests in the area are being cleared at an alarming rate, threatening both the unique wildlife and the indigenous people’s livelihoods. According to World Land Trust, the Kinabatangan floodplain in Borneo has already lost 80% of its natural forest to palm oil plantations. Further deforestation is now the biggest major threat to the long-term survival of wildlife populations. 

Additionally, increased human presence in palm oil plantations and tourism infrastructure has increased the threat of illegal hunting in the area, putting the rich wildlife in even further danger. 

A photo showing the countryside in Borneo

How World Land Trust are helping

With the pressures on this area mounting, the World Land Trust are working hard to do what they can to protect the remaining wildlife, mainly through land purchase and working with local communities.  

The Keruak Corridor 

Connecting an area between the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary and the Keruak Virgin Jungle Reserve, The Keruak Corridor in Borneo is a hugely important piece of land for the Bornean Orangutans that live there.  

It was estimated that £1 million would be needed to protect this area, and that’s exactly what World Land Trust successfully raised to secure its purchase.  

Together with partner organisations LEAP Spiral and HUTAN, World Land Trust purchased over 220 acres of rainforest habitat in 2010 to protect a vital wildlife corridor. 

Click here to explore the Keruak Corridor 

Local Communities in Borneo  

The local communities in this area belong to the orang sungai tribe, with the river acting as their primary resource for centuries gone by.  

Together, World Land Trust and HUTAN have put together a reforestation team of 10 local women who are in charge of planting, maintaining and monitoring seedlings of native tree species. Not only does this help to protect the local environment, it also provides education as well as vital income to women in an area where very few women are employed.  

The Hable Forest

Through our Hable Forest initiative with World Land Trust, we are immensely proud to be able to support this incredible work that they are doing in Borneo. So far throughout 2021, we have been able to:

  • Plant 506 trees
  • Purchase 11.2 acres of land
  • Raise £655 for Rangers

We’d love to encourage other tech companies to ‘do their bit’ and find ways to help protect the planet. If you’re interested in finding out how we work with World Land Trust, please get in touch.  

In the next blog, we’ll take a look at how our Hable Forest project is helping habitats in Brazil.  

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