9 June 2015 - Santa Monica, CA. The Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF), a Santa Monica-based conservation education nonprofit that supports the survival of wild orangutans in Indonesia, announced the recipient of its Lorraine P. Jenkins Memorial Fellowship program for 2015. For his study of the conservation benefits of the complaints process of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the fellowship is presented to Chris Wiggs, a graduate student at Oxford Brookes University in the UK pursuing a Master’s of Science in Primate Conservation.

This project will determine attitudes to the complaints procedure by people who have used the system and companies which have been the subject of a complaint. Chris plans to determine whether any complaints contributed to forest conservation, and if so, what circumstances contributed to this protection, whether any trends can be observed and whether these trends can be converted in to guidelines to be distributed to NGOs for best and most effective use of the system.

LP Jenkins Fellowship recipients receive a $1,000 grant to enable them to conduct or complete their field research on topics ranging from orangutan behavior to rainforest ecology as it pertains to orangutans and other species. For more information, visitwww.orangutanrepublik.org/programs/education-initiatives/lp-jenkins-memorial-fellowship.