Bukit Baka Bukit Raya (BBBR)
In 2018, Health In Harmony launched our second program site in Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park, or BBBR for short -- another large, extremely biodiverse rainforest park in Borneo.
Almost twice the size of Gunung Palung National Park, BBBR faces the same challenges of illegal logging and forest degradation - partly because communities in the area are desperate for healthcare and other basic services, and the illegal timber trade is one of the few options for economic survival.
BBBR is also used for translocating rescued orangutans from other parts of the region. Conserving and regenerating the rainforest ecosystem at BBBR is crucial for these animals' survival as well.
In response to Radical Listening sessions conducted with these communities, our staff brought reliable, affordable care to communities there for the first time - and we will soon launch agriculture training and conservation programming. We believe that the impact of this project will be similar to our pilot program in Gunung Palung, but also unique to the ecosystem and community needs in BBBR.
Rainforests Around the World
Beginning in 2019, we are planning to replicate in two additional sites beyond Indonesia: in Madagascar and the Brazilian Amazon. These replication sites will also allow HIH to conduct a comparative impact analysis and guide further efforts to scale our Planetary Health approach.
By 2030, we aim to protect over one million hectares of high-value tropical rainforest.
After more than 10 years in Indonesian Borneo, we are aiming to expand our reach around the globe -- and we will rely on technological solutions for scaling our impact. Currently, measuring deforestation and carbon emissions is a slow, piecemeal process. Organizations worldwide rely on field measurement, which is expensive and lacks scalability. That's why we're working with partners in the tech industry to create a solution.
- Artificial intelligence technology, coupled with satellite data, can provide real- time estimates of aboveground carbon density (ACD) stored in rainforests around the world.
- This technology would provide essential monitoring information, pointing to areas of concern as well as showing program impacts.
- By integrating this technology into an online platform, HIH can serve as a community conservation clearing-house -- connecting experts, investors, and engaged citizens around the world directly to the indigenous communities that are our best hope for protecting these valuable rain forest resources.
In addition to finding ways to replicate our own work, we are teaching
others how to conduct Radical Listening sessions. We invite scholars, doctors, community leaders, and others interested in learning to our Planetary Health Center in Borneo to learn from our success.
We have 11 years to stop the irreversible effects of climate change, and we cannot do it alone. We want to teach others what we have learned so that they can then also replicate and learn from this successful model.
Stay tuned for more updates. If you are interested in getting involved or learning more - contact Ashley.
*Photo credit: Stephanie Gee