ASRI applies a unique lever against the historical logging in Gunung Palung. This conservation organisation runs a medical clinic where communities who opt to conserve the forest and report illegal logging – acting as 'forest guardians' – receive incentives such as discounts on health, dental care and education. Patients are offered payment plans and allowed to barter using compost, handicrafts and seedlings for the reforestation sites.
Among the innovative community programs run by ASRI are Goats for Widows and a chainsaw buyback scheme encouraging loggers to switch professions.
If you're interested in helping out, six-week volunteer opportunities are available for medical and dental professionals, conservationists, engineers and other skilled tradespeople. Visitors are also welcome to call into the clinic and conservation centre to see the great work being done.