Literal seeds, as well as metaphorical. Seed money. Seeds of an idea. Seeds that grow into profound relationships. For over 25 years The Borneo Project has planted a great diversity of seeds, not knowing which will fail, and which will flourish.
On my recent trip to Switzerland, I caught a glimpse of an exciting, long awaited seedling. The Borneo Project, along with our indigenous Bornean allies, met with representatives from the Sarawak Department of Forestry. For the first time, NGOs and the government are working in tandem to establish a community-led forest protection zone.
While still in the idea phase, our plans for indigenous-led conservation have the potential to become a global model for sustainable forest management.
We believe that when native people can hold onto their land and have agency around their own futures, we all win. The fruit of biodiversity, of human rights, and of powerful responses to climate change is within our reach.
Between now and July 15th all donations up to $10,000 will be matched by Fred and Susan Putnam of the Putnam Foundation.
The Borneo Project is small, but nimble. We are close to the ground, and we respond quickly to the community’s needs. But this work cannot thrive with only good intentions. Planting seeds requires money. This work is critical and the clock is ticking.
Thank you for your continued support.