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The Pulisan reforestation project, the results after 12 years!

The Pulisan reforestation project Pulisan is the name of a small watershed in the southern part of Tomohon, located on the top of a steep mountain ridge. The name is an expression in the Tombulu language that means something like: “place where water disappears”. And that is exactly what happens here! There is no visible

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A day in the forest

Kenangan I like my wooden house in the forest camp called Kenangan. Kenangan means memory and for sure I have many memories of this place since this is where I started my work in tropical rainforests as a student, now more than 37 years ago. Now I am a director of the forest company that

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A visit to Ciamis
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A visit to Ciamis

The palm sugar starch industry is not making efficient use of sugar palm trees, and creates a waste problem as well. Read Willies blog to discover about the alternative solutions. a-visit-to-ciamis In front of the operation of Haji Yaya together with a local business man, Haji Yaya, Prof. Wahidin, his wife and daughter & my

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Water from the Masarang Mountain

El Nino also have broad implications for the people in Northern Sulawesi. Water is getting scarce, and Masarang (the mountain and our foundation) are very important now for the people.

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Mimi

In this Blog Willie describes the way The Dayak live and introduces Mimi, a small and brave girl with already huge responsibilities. A very touching and inspirational story, the reason Masarang exists.

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Pak Apui

In this blog Willie describes his friendship with Pak Apui, one of the wise and elder people of the village of Tembak, and tells more about the traditional life stile of the Dayka.

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The release of Mamat

This blog describes how Mamat along with four other companions will be released in the forest of Tembak. A very touching blog!

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Back to Tembak

Back to Tembak. In this blog Willie describes his observations on the effects of climate change that penetrate into the heart of Borneo.

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A Sunday at Tembak

Willie writes about an impressive trip he makes through some primary forest in West Kalimantan, Borneo. He possibly even discovered some new species.

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The sugar palm gives hope to the Dayak

Willie reports about his work with the Dayak in West-Kalimantan in order to give them a better future and safe their forests. The sugar palm plays an important role!

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Developments in Sintang, Borneo

August 2011, Willie writes about his visit to Sintang, Borneo, an area where he is active for years now, to protect the forest and its animals. In September he receives the 16 eco-warriors here, for the project 'Deforestaction'.

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Turtle rescue, scholarships and vulcanic eruptions

Sunday morning early July, a rare quiet moment in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, when more than 90% of the people here in the mountains go to church. I have been having high fevers and bad head aches for the last four days

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Newsflash Willie Smits

Just arrived in the Netherlands, directly from the event of celebrating our first decade as Masarang Foundation, which took place in our Tasikoki animal rescue center in North Sulawesi

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Orangutan rescue mission July 2010 (part 3)

Waking up after 7 hours of sleep. The palm wine helped to overcome the heat and the squeky bed and the very thin mattress. Nevertheless I have just like pastor Maessen a room for myself.

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Orangutan rescue mission July 2010 (part 2)

Ninety-eight percent Air humidity, even the local Dayaks are sweating. The sun has just gone under and the thermometer shows a sweltering 33 degrees Celsius. There is absolutely no breeze whatsoever. We are in Deo Soli, meaning only god.

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Orangutan rescue mission July 2010 (part 1)

Sitting in a shaking plane flying over Borneo where tomorrow we will start our next rescue mission. We, Richard, Leo and me, got the last row in the plane where the seats are smallest and cannot lean back.