SDG 13 - Climate Action

Newest Infos about our work in rainforest protection Meroq east-kalimantan indonesia

Safeguard 45,000 hectares of rainforest in East Kalimantan Indonesia
Who we are. How we work. What motivates us and the challenges behind rainforest conservation projects.
chanceforchange Project Meroq V.02.pdf
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Meroq is part of the LONG SAM programme initiated by Fans for Nature e.V.
Contents of the Long Sam Programme and how we are involved.
Long SAM.pdf
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A survey in Meroq by Indonesian local government and conservation organisations
Promotion harmony of humans, animals and nature.
Meroq Survey.pdf
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The trip of Ernst and part of his family to the rainforest in Kalimantan (Indonesian part of Borneo) last July 2022 moved us to participate in the rainforest protection programme Long Sam, which was initiated by fansfornature e.V..

The programme is called LONG SAM and includes the protected areas Wehea with 22,000 hectares, Lesan with 13,000 hectares and the Wildlife Rescue Centre with 45 hectares.

For another area Meroq with 45,000 hectares, chanceforchange e.V. has currently founded an Indonesian Yayasan (NGO) in Berau/ East Kalimantan, which is necessary for the work on site: Yayasan Bersama Satu Lagi.

The work in Meroq rainforest conservation area is based on the LONG SAM programme.
The problem: Deforestation through slash and burn, palm oil plantations, mining.
Mission: Rainforest protection and reforestation, revitalisation of the Dayak economy and culture in East Kalimantan, animal rescue and reintroduction.

Read here how we have been working with fansfornature e.V. since 2021.

The Meroq research team, funded by our supporters from Germany, discovered this wonderful wildlife in the Meroq rainforest area in February 2023. See pictures.
This shows that the Meroq Forest Reserve is one of the remaining habitats for these protected bird species and mammals that are already threatened with extinction.
We have now received a 170-page research report and will publish a summary beginning December 2023.

Thanks to regular donors and their financial support, we can relieve the burden on our partner organisations and give the following people with talent and will a chance to continue their valuable work by financing their monthly salaries - and thus also help to ensure that the actions already created for climate protection through rainforest conservation in Kalimantan continue to be carried out sustainably.

The Wildlife Rescue Centre now has a veterinarian: Dr. Kiki Febriana Aisyah Fitri from Malang/Java/Indonesia.  She studied veterinary medicine at the University of Brawijaya in Malang and brings with her a lot of practical experience from veterinary practices and clinics in Java and most recently also from South Kalimantan.

However, she has always wanted to work in animal welfare with wild animals and is very much looking forward to her new work at the Wildlife Rescue Centre. In the picture on the right you can see her examining an injured gibbon. Thanks to you, we can also take over her monthly salary.

In order to relieve the project manager of the rainforest protected areas Wehea and Lesan, we have taken over the financing of the salary of project manager Bayu from Malang, Java.


Bayu will be in charge of the new Meroq rainforest reserve in East Kalimantan on a long-term basis. He has 9 years of experience in conservation projects in Aceh, East Java, Bali, East Kalimantan and Africa. Bayu speaks English very well and is learning German very quickly.

The Wildlife Rescue Centre has only been in existence since 2021 and accordingly there is still a lot to optimise.
Our Christmas campaign for people, animals and nature resulted in a total donation of 16,850€.

With this we can pay for the complete wish list and much more. First of all, the team will soon be given a health check-up and any necessary vaccinations that have been missed will be made up for. Their health is an important prerequisite for their work in the rainforest. At this point, we would like to thank all our supporters once again.

In Long Sam, Ernst and his family still saw a lot of lush green, hardly any animals and, unfortunately, 200-year-old felled trees, kilometre-long palm oil plantations and many oil transporters. The last habitat of the wild animals living there is in danger.

The Wildlife Rescue Centre on site is therefore a solution. It has only existed since 2021 and is therefore still expandable.

Due to deforestation and slash and burn, wildlife habitat in Kalimantan has been reduced by about 30 percent. Some species are now threatened with extinction.

Fortunately, there are now a few orangutan sanctuaries but hardly any sites that care for endangered animals such as the Sunda pangolin, helmeted hornbill, sun bear and gibbons.
The Wildlife Rescue Centre captures precisely these and cares for them until they are gently reintroduced into a protected area.

With the funding of the desired measures and material and accessories, these animals will continue to have a place of refuge at the Wildlife Rescue Centre and the veterinarian and her team will be able to work professionally and sustainably in the future. Below is a short video showing the work of the Wildlife Rescue team.

The Balinese artist group Bali Five gives 30% of the proceeds from the art sales to the rainforest conservation project in Kalimantan.

The proceeds from the art sales from the exhibition in Bali in 2022 of €3100 is used for a solar installation at Camp Lesan

Thanks to the proceeds from the sales of Bali-Five artworks, we were able to finance a solar installation for the village of Lesan.

The villagers of the Long Sam area often have power cuts and sometimes no electricity for days.

We hope to have provided a better power supply in Lesan in everyday life and in case of emergency.

The only road into Wehea camp was destroyed by heavy rains in early 2022.

Thanks to our supporters, we were able to help put in an excavator.

A big help for the locals who are rebuilding the road so that it is passable again.

It all started in April 2021 with chanceforchange-sponsorship for a female orangutan with the organisation Fans for Nature e.V..

We met the founder of Fans for Nature e.V. Helmut Huber through an artist in Germany who supports our Art Helps project and who is very enthusiastic about the work of Fans for Nature e.V..