In addition to providing education in local schools and training to villagers in areas adjacent to Gunung Leuser National Park, the CECP and MECU Program provides transport of young trees and supplies and a strategy to plant diverse species in degraded forest areas within and around Gunung Leuser National Park. Under a Memorandum of Understanding, YPOI has received permission from the Park Authority to conduct forest restoration activities in the national park and establish a Monitoring and Investigation Unit to survey and patrol the park to better understand the wildlife and illegal activities impacting the protected species. YSHL is in the process of establishing a similar MoU with the Park Authority.
Additionally, the CECP and MECU Team works with local farmers in villages to reduce conflict with ape populations in adjacent forest habitat by enhancing agro-forestry techniques that improve productivity on existing farm and community forestland including the creation of recycling/waste management/composting projects; soil quality enhancement, tree-planting, and developing appropriate permaculture methods.
The MECU is a cooperative venture that received initial funding from US Fish and Wildlife. The Orangutan Project, Sabin Family Foundation, Excelso, and OURF have provided continuing funding. YSHL & YPOI also coordinate with other NGOs in the region and with Forum Konservasi Orangutan Sumatera (FOKUS). The MECU vehicle, a Ford Ranger 4x4 began operations in March 2011. The CECP vehicle is a Toyota Hilux that was crowd-funded in 2020. YPOI and YSHL conduct their fieldwork in various villages in the Bohorok region.
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