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DeforestAction: Project Borneo

25 young leaders have been selected for the pioneer DeforestACTION project aimed at protecting forests, working with local communities and saving orangutans.

DeforestACTION is a global action project involving millions of students from around the world who want to play an active role in stopping deforestation. The project is supported by TakingITGlobal and Microsoft Partners in Learning. We've teamed up with acclaimed conservationist Dr. Willie Smits to create awareness about the destruction caused by deforestation, restore a full forest eco-system and provide a sustainable livelihood for the local community.

Award-winning production company Virgo Productions is developing a 3D feature documentary about the project in collaboration with National Geographic Entertainment. Shooting will take place over 100 days in Borneo. Cathy Henkel, (The Burning Season, The Man who Stole my Mother’s Face) will produce and direct 100 Days in the Jungle: Project Borneo 3D, to be shot by acclaimed cinematographer Don McAlpine (Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet, Wolverine) and Paul Nichola (Cane Toads: The Conquest 3D). A TV series is in development with National Geographic for the second 100 days.

DeforestACTION is selecting 12 young team leaders to lead this global action project - and feature in the 3D movie. Submissions and voting for the applicants have now closed!

A short list of 50 was announced in early May. A top 25 was announced in early June.

All 25 will have a leading role in the project. A smaller group will head to Borneo in September for an orientation and reconniassance trip to meet the local communities and assess the scale of the challenge. They will return in February next year for 80 days to implement their action plans. Throughout the project, they will connect with the world though the web, providing updates to the millions of students across the globe who are responsible for developing and driving the project.



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    daniellenilsson says:

    Great posts thanks Steve!

    Posted on Mar 11, 2011 @ 6:59 PM

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    mfurdyk says:

    Not currently - but votes are just one way we'll be deciding on who is selected!

    By the way, we've fixed the issue with URLs sometimes not linking correctly, so all the links posted should work now, and future links posted in comments will work correctly :)

    We'll have an announcement in the next few days with specific details on the timing for the Borneo trip, and we're also finalizing an extension of the contest with some of the extra time we have before the filming begins, because we've received a lot of interest from new entrants!

    Posted on Mar 11, 2011 @ 6:21 PM

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    schumacherp6 says:

    Does anyone know how to see how many votes we have? Or is there no way to tell?

    Posted on Mar 11, 2011 @ 5:54 PM

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    StevePatriarco says:

    A snapshot of the challenge in Borneo: (http://www.usgcrp.gov/usgcrp/images/ocp2006/pages/ocp06-fig14.htm) This image shows forest clearing in Gunung Palung National Park between 1988 - 2002 alone. Truly alarming. GPNP is home to what is believed to be the single largest population of orangutans left on Earth. It's frequently, though not always, unscrupulous corporations doing the destruction (if only that was the sole source of the problem!) - in many cases its intractable poverty and scarce livelihood options that lead people to log and poach what remains of their own cherished land. This image will show you how horrifyingly fast these changes can take place when these conditions exist. To learn more about Gunung Palung and environmental conservation activities taking place there, visit (http://www.savegporangutans.org) or shoot me a private message. I currently have a 2012 Fulbright grant pending with the Indonesian authorities, designed to help protect the Park by aiding the local NGO Yayasan Palung (Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Program) through training of Park officials in GIS technologies, building of alternative livelihood initiatives of the local villages with sustainable agriculture, and conservation education programs in schools, over radio and at community meetings and events.

    Posted on Mar 11, 2011 @ 4:42 PM

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    schumacherp6 says:

    Hey steve awsome posts. I was actually just googling GIS stuff. I haven't used GIS for almost 7 years. definately a bit rusty so thans for the post

    Posted on Mar 11, 2011 @ 3:15 PM

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    StevePatriarco says:

    I know there is at least one person interested in biochemistry in the group. For her and all others that may be interested, this is Dr. Smits' patent for his ethanol production unit and methodology to convert the sap from the Sugar Palms to usable, sellable fuel for rural communities. You must save the people to save the forest! Check it out:http://www.google.com/patents?id=5DfYAAAAEBAJ

    Posted on Mar 11, 2011 @ 3:11 PM

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    StevePatriarco says:

    For anyone that is curious about learning GIS (the versatile mapping technology Dr. Smits uses in so many of his projects), you can go to this link below to download a free trial version of ArcGIS Desktop 10. This is the industry standard for almost all GIS applications. You can check out YouTube for all sorts of free tutorials for beginners. Also feel free to shoot me a message!

    Posted on Mar 11, 2011 @ 2:56 PM

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    LouisePerry says:

    Oooopppss Lauren is the girl sitting down with the Indianna style hat on!!!

    Posted on Mar 11, 2011 @ 3:46 AM

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    LouisePerry says:

    I write this on behalf of my daughter Lauren... she is currently living in a very remote part of Africa on the Venetia Nature Reserve, Limpopo Province (even google earth can't find the exact location!!!) and communication is difficult (yes there are still places in the world where the internet is very unreliable), how- ever I did speak with her yesterday and she wanted me to thank everyone who has supported Project Borneo and her bid to be an action agent... SO THANKYOU :)

    Posted on Mar 11, 2011 @ 3:44 AM

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    Helen07 says:

    Hey, I'm the body shop girl! I know a lot of people would prefer completely palm oil free products, but I think as I remember the sustainable palm oil comes from farms that meet strict environmental criteria and meet criteria relating to human rights and working conditions...in colombia if I remember rightly. It's because the body shop wants to help out small farmers who are trying to do the right thing in developing countries, where it would be so easy for them to completely ignore the environmental risks and/or legal working conditions.
    If you're in a store, just ask the girls to check what has palm oil in it and they may know or may have to get out 'the big ingredients book'. As I remember it's more the eye makeup that needs some moisture in it that contains palm oil...
    Hope this helps! :)

    Posted on Mar 10, 2011 @ 10:56 PM

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    whereisfabrice says:

    First large-scale map of oil palm plantations reveals big environmental toll

    Posted on Mar 10, 2011 @ 10:56 PM

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    AmyBlackford says:

    Hey Taking it Global team, not sure what happened, but the info that comes up to the right of my video disappeared. It was up at one point, is there something that I need to do? Thanks

    Posted on Mar 10, 2011 @ 9:36 PM

Entry Dates

Submissions (open):
Dec 4, 2010

Submissions (closed):
Apr 10, 2011

Voting Dates

Voting Starts:
Apr 10, 2011

Voting Ends:
Apr 10, 2011


This contest is closed. Submissions and votes are no longer accepted. (Contest closed Apr 10, 2011)

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