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Doing business in the Heart of Borneo? Then our Green Business Network resource is for you.

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Father's Day e-card WWF Heart of Borneo
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Go on an ecotourism adventure in the Heart of Borneo

Planning your holiday? Get away from it all with community-based ecotourism in Borneo's highlands
Ecotourism in the Heart of Borneo offers a pathway to a more sustainable future for local communities. It provides an alternative way to generate income for communities while protecting the natural environment.

West Kalimantan

Home to Indonesia’s longest river, the Kapuas, and two National Parks nominated as World Heritage and Ramsar sites by UNESCO, West Kalimantan is a great place to explore Borneo’s heart.

WWF works closely with Komunitas Pariwisata Kapuas Hulu (KOMPAKH), a community based ecotourism organisation in the Kapuas Hulu district of West Kalimantan. KOMPAKH began in 2005 as a way to promote responsible tourism to the Kapuas Hulu district. It also supports the wellbeing of local communities.

East Kalimantan

Supported by WWF and the local government, communities in HuluPujungan, HuluBahau (Malinau) and the Krayan Highlands (Nunukan) have been working together to progress ecotourism projects since 2002.

Both HuluPujungan and KrayanHulu are partially included in the KayanMentarang National Park, the first park in Indonesia to be managed collaboratively with local communities.

Some areas are ideal destinations for ecotourism expeditions and jungle trekking, short- and long-distance, amidst primary and secondary forest. A world of wild rivers adventures, old village sites and archeological remains, traditional culture and village life, and Dayak warm hospitality awaits visitors.
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The mysterious Borneo pigmy elephant - not native to Borneo, not related to Asia's existing elephant species
© WWF / Cede PRUDENTE

Buy green and fair products from within the Heart of Borneo

From handicrafts to food, a range of products are available that are responsibly and traditionally produced in the Heart of Borneo.

Through this initiative, products are marketed as “Green” and “Fair” in an effort to create added market value and target increasingly knowledgeable and socially responsible consumers.

As long as the products retain “green” and “fair” values, WWF is willing to endorse the products with a logo, lending credibility as the world’s leading conservation organisation. WWF does not act as a retailer or a trader for Green & Fair products, but facilitates market linkages between the producers and buyers.

These products are the result of a collaboration between WWF-Indonesia, women's groups and local communities in several villages across Indonesia—including the Heart of Borneo. They are available in the field or through the WWF Indonesia Panda Shop.
  • Adan rice (links to PDF)
  • Accessories/handicrafts from Kapuas Hulu
  • Wild Honey from Danau Sentarum
  • Mountain salt from the Krayan Highlands. The salt is produced by boiling the salty water from natural springs in the highlands. The water is seawater trapped in the geological stratum of the area millions of years ago. In the past this salt was traded to communities and groups in the interior.
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Black adan rice, local variety from the Highlands of Borneo, Krayan, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
© WWF-Indonesia / Saipul Siagian

Support responsible forest management – buy certified wood

Wood with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) label is proof that a product has been responsibly grown and harvested.

The FSC is an independent, not for profit, non-government organisation that provides standard setting, trademark assurance and accreditation services for companies and organisations committed to responsible forestry.

Look for the FSC label on wood and timber products, for everything from building materials and furniture to paper and even toilet tissue.

If it doesn’t have this label, it may well have come from illegal or controversial sources – and so have harmed forests, wildlife and local communities.

If you stop buying timber that comes from forests that are badly managed, or even perhaps that has been illegally produced, then the suppliers of this timber will have no choice but to change as well.

If you can’t find FSC-certified products in your local store, please ask the store manager to supply them.
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Forest Stewardship Council
© FSC

Buy sustainable palm oil

Your shampoo, your ice cream, your margarine, your lipstick – all contain palm oil. Demand is still growing, as are oil palm plantations...but at what price to tropical forests and the biodiversity found there?
  • Shop from companies that have committed to certified sustainable palm oil
  • Look for the RSPO trademark on products
  • Ask retailers to source certified sustainable palm oil products for everything they sell—not just their own brands
  • Ask manufacturers to source certified sustainable palm oil.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was established to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil through cooperation within the supply chain.

Indonesia launched its national palm oil standard, the Indonesia Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) certification, in 2011. This standard will be mandatory for all oil palm plantation companies including Malaysians operating with effect from mid-2014.

Malaysia is expected to put in place its own voluntary Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) standard before the end of 2013. 
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RSPO trademark logo
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Become a WWF supporter

Adopt a species through WWF – choose between a number of iconic species from within the Heart of Borneo.

Become a WWF Indonesia supporter: Become a WWF Malaysia supporter:
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Sumatran rhino, Way Kambas National Park, Indonesia.
© naturepl.com/Mark Carwardine / WWF

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