Orangutan Information Centre (OIC)
The Orangutan Information Centre (OIC) is dedicated to the conservation of Sumatran orangutans and their forest homes. Our grassroots projects in Sumatra work with local communities living alongside orangutan habitat. The OIC restores lost habitat (we have planted more than a million trees to date), and provides training to help local people work towards a more sustainable future. We are a local NGO staffed by dedicated Indonesian conservationists. The Orangutan Information Centre works to: Raise public awareness of threats to and conservation strategies for the Sumatran orangutan through community education and global communication; Educate and empower the people of Sumatra to support conservation action; Promote sustainable development initiatives in local communities through training and capacity building; Collaborate with other local and international NGOs and businesses working towards parallel goals. Long-term goals: Conserve the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan and its rainforest ecosystem home; Work with local people towards the preservation and regrowth of rainforest habitat; Assist local government in the protection and maintenance of protected areas; Promote orangutans as global conservation ambassadors for the rainforest ecosystem; Support the establishment of conservation education curriculum and community empowerment programmes in Sumatra. We are founding members of FOKUS, the North Sumatran branch of the Orangutan Conservation Forum, a coalition of organisations working to protect orangutans.