High Conservation Value (HCV) protection cannot be carried out well without the support of surrounding community. Therefore, in coordination with the International Animal Rescue of Indonesia (YIARI) and Natural Resource Conservation Agency (BKSDA) of West Kalimantan, PT Kayung Agro Lestari (KAL) provided education to elementary up to high school students to become conservation defenders.
The students are from sub district of Matan Hilir Utara, Ketapang, West Kalimantan, which is the location of PT KAL plantation area. Two hundred and forty three students of 12 schools followed the conservation defenders education.
The most favorite activity by the students is the “Conservation Camp” which took place at the 657 hectare conservation area on 12-14 June 2015. The area is a peat ecosystem and a home to around 40 orangutans. Participants came from all high school students of Ketapang.
The Conservation Camp was joined by 24 students from SMA 1 Ketapang, SMK 1 Ketapang, SMK 2 Ketapang, SMA 1 Matan Hilir Utara, MAN Ketapang, and Al-Haud University of Ketapang. Students and teachers took a 4.2 kilometres track and experienced an up-close observation to orangutans.
There were various activities during the two day Conservation Camp, such as conservation introduction class, environmental movie screening, group discussion, and art creations. The spokespersons of the event not only came from PT KAL, but also from BKSDA officials of Ketapang, Environment and Forestry officials, community leaders, and YIARI.
A 2013 study by conservation experts of Forestry Faculty of Bogor Agricultural University concluded that 17,988.3 hectares of PT Kayung Agro Lestari (KAL) area is a High Conservation Value (HCV) area. It is a habitat of various plant species and orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus wrumbii).