Forests provide the world with clean air, food, medicine and fresh water. It also supports the livelihoods of 1.6 billion people. More than 300 million people worldwide call the forests their home, along with 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity. Eight out of ten land- dwelling species live in the forests. Critical species such as tigers, elephants and orangutans depend on such forests to thrive.
RIMBANG BALING, THE LAST STAND FOR CRITICALLY ENDANGERED WILDLIFE
One such habitat, is the Rimbang Baling forest, which spans across 140,000 acres in central Sumatra and home to some of the world’s rarest plant and animal species. As part of the UNESCO-recognised Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, Rimbang Baling forms an integral part of the last stand for the critically endangered Sumatran tiger, along with 170 species of birds and 50 species of mammals such as tapirs, sun bears, lemurs and clouded leopards.
Sadly, Indonesia’s rainforests have been disappearing at a rate of three football fields per minute since 2009 and about 20% of Rimbang Baling is already lost to deforestation.
WORKING TOGETHER IN SUPPORT OF REFORESTATION
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) has joined hands with World Wide Fund For Nature Singapore (WWF), to fight this very threat by planting 900 trees, in Rimbang Baling and in Singapore. This partnership also aligns with four of United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals:
Apart from taking the critical action for reforestation, the partnership aims to create
awareness, inform and educate SMBC employees and engage them in activities
Green Day – As part of SMBC’s Family Week, WWF will conduct a full day of exciting and fun activities for their employees and children.
Into The Wild Exhibition – Employees will be brought into an immersive virtual adventure that allows them to step into the shoes of a ranger in a Southeast Asian rainforest.
If you're interested in exploring a similar partnership with WWF, contact:
Mayj C. Tolentino
Senior Manager, Corporate Partnerships