Human health and environmental health are tightly linked. The key to global health is protecting the connection between human health and environmental health – at the local level.
Alam Sehat Lestari program is localized only in West Borneo, Indonesia. ASRI works to protect Gunung Palung National Park and the communities that amount is about 60,000 people on its border. Gunung Palung is a stunning biodiversity treasure of 90,000 hectares with two small mountains swathed in tall dipterocarp forest in the lowlands and montane cloud forest on the peaks. This is a place called home to approximately 2,500 wild orangutans, or about 10% of the world’s surviving population.
Here’s the problem. Local people are poor, with an average income of $13 a month. Government health care is hard to be reached, medical emergencies put local people into debt, and illegal logging is one of the way to earn cash. Logging is a dangerous work, and it destroys the local watershed. It causes flood, devastation to agricultural areas, and waterborne illnesses to people and animals.
ASRI is trying to stop this cycle by turning local loggers into forest guardians.