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Conversation with Cam Webb
April 7, 2016 @ 5:00 am - 6:00 pm
Cam Webb will discuss how he, as a forest ecologist, teamed up with doctors and volunteers to link forest conservation with human healthcare in innovative ways in Indonesian Borneo.
Please join us in a conversation this Thursday 5-6PM in the St. John’s college Lecture Hall (UBC). Light refreshments will be served.
More information about ASRI:
http://www.healthinharmony.org/programs/asri/ BACKGROUND: ASRI found its beginnings in West Kalimantan, Indonesia (on the island of Borneo), where poor health and grinding poverty push villagers to engage in illegal logging in Gunung Palung National Park, home to 10% of the world’s remaining Bornean orangutans, in order to survive. When families must log tropical forests to pay for basic needs such as health care, the impacts are manifold: habitat for rare and endangered species like orangutans is destroyed; fields are flooded and crops destroyed; increased standing water increases the incidence of diseases like malaria and dengue fever; and the degradation of air quality and increased carbon impacts all of us, across the planet. APPROACH: ASRI’s major initiatives are: • Health Care Clinic – provide high quality, but low cost medical care to local villagers. • Mobile Clinic Unit – visit remote communities around Gunung Palung National Park monthly • Organic Farming project – teach local farmers about a safe and healthy agriculture, which means improving soil quality; steer them away from slash-and-burn agriculture. • Goats for Widows – provide a mated pair of goats to widows. Recipients will return the first two baby goats to ASRI, to be provided to other widows, as well as sacks of manure to be used in organic farming. • Reforestation project – engage local communities to help stock a seedling nursery, replant deforested areas of Gunung Palung, and protect these reforestation plots. • Forest Guardians – recruits a representative from every village community around the park to assist the conservation programs.