What PanEco achieves
Annual Report 2015
2 | Editorial
Editorial 20 years of PanEco: the years have flown by! Dear readers, Can I whisk you away briefly to Sumatra? This time, too, I do not need long to acclimatise to Sumatra’s warm and humid climate, I have been used to it since 1973 when I first set foot on this wonderful island! This morning I arrived in Medan and the first place I go to is the office of our partner organisation YEL. There is a lot of hustle and bustle going on here. Yves, the IT expert who is doing his compulsory voluntary community support as an alternative to military service, stops Graham who is just about to leave the office with a lot of drones in his luggage. With the drones flying over the forest there is a continuous supply of huge quantities of data which Yves helps us process and save securely. Here Hendra, responsible for our websites, is sitting next to Gian – also doing compulsory voluntary community support – who is helping us set up new websites so that foreign tourists can also find us immediately and come to our Ecolodges. My eyes wander to the Orang Utan Coffee lab, where I discover three young men who are pondering over maps. Mohammed, the burly Batak engineer, is the counterpart of Lukas. The young Swiss carpenter and architect was, first of all, doing his compulsory voluntary community support when he built our new Kapal Bambu restaurant and today he is the project manager of the Orangutan Haven. The third member of the team, Andi, is also doing compulsory voluntary community support. He is a civil engineer who came just at the right time to help us with the road planning in the Orangutan Haven. We are very grateful for the support of Swiss people doing their compulsory voluntary community support! Without them, a lot of tasks would be left undone or could not be carried out in a professional manner. It is not only in Indonesia that people doing compulsory voluntary community support – they also help us in the Thurauen Nature Centre, in Rübis&Stübis, in the Bird of Prey Sanctuary and in the PanEco office in Berg am Irchel. This young peoples are excellent representatives of our important objective of promoting intercultural exchange. Whether at the
Bird of Prey Sanctuary in Berg am Irchel or in the Ecolodge at the edge of the jungle, the people doing compulsory voluntary community support promote cooperation and understanding between different cultures. Their work at PanEco influences them for life and makes them ambassadors for our causes. Have you already seen our animated short films? Fred made them as part of his compulsory voluntary community support. They are little works of art, ideally suited for spreading the word throughout the world about the causes of PanEco in a charming way. One of the films deals with the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme SOCP and the «rainforest devourer» palm oil in particular. Since this year, it has also become mandatory to declare the presence of palm oil in all foods in Switzerland. You will be making a big contribution to ensuring this duty of declaration is carried out efficiently if you regularly enquire whenever palm oil is not declared properly in a product. I am banking on your support! Back to Sumatra, Indonesia, where it all began in 1973. This is where our PanEco Foundation, which celebrates 20 years of existence this year, is located. From 1978 to the start of the 90s the environmental NGO «Green Indonesia» and three environmental education centres were set up in Indonesia. It was not until 1996 that PanEco followed because I realised that I also wanted to make a difference here in my home in the Zurich Weinland region. What I had in mind was that the same nature conservation concerns which I campaign for in Indonesia also urgently need support in Switzerland and, in particular, that all problems are connected together in our global world. We continue to remain faithful to this holistic approach which led to the establishment of PanEco. Whether lowland rainforests, floodplain forests, orangutans, beavers or birds of prey – in order to survive they all need people to have an understanding of holistic connections and commitment from a variety of people who, each in their own way, participate in this major nature conservation project and help bear the burden of responsibility. I will raise a cup of aromatic Orang Utan Coffee, drink to 20 years of PanEco and thank you for your loyal support over many years! Together with you I look forward to the next 20 years of PanEco with many nature conservation successes which will help ensure all of us have a life worth living!
Regina Frey, Founder and President of PanEco
PanEco's mission | 3
PanEco's mission The mission of the foundation is to promote ecological balance and social stability, in particular by setting up, managing and financing projects, institutions and education programmes to promote nature conservation, environmental protection and eco-farming in Switzerland and abroad, especially in Indonesia. In Switzerland and abroad the PanEco Foundation therefore campaigns to ensure that ... R ...nature is conserved in all its diversity. R ...people are responsible and attentive
when dealing with the environment.
R ...the welfare of the local people is
promoted as an indispensable element of sustainable nature conservation and environmental protection.
R ...the causes of climate change are tackled.
Table of contents Editorial: 20 years of PanEco .................................................................................................. 2 PanEco's mission......................................................................................................................................... 3 Involvement.................................................................................................................................................. 4–5 2015 in pictures...................................................................................................................................... 6–7 Projects in Indonesia Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programm SOCP............. 8–9 SOCP – Rescue and Rehabilitation Station......................................... 10–11 SOCP – Reintroduction Stations......................................................................... 12–13 SOCP – Research Stations............................................................................................. 14–15 SOCP – Rainforest Conservation......................................................................... 16–17 Environmental Education Centres & Orangutan Haven. 18–19 Projects in Switzerland Berg am Irchel Bird of Prey Sanctuary..................................................... 20–21 Thurauen Nature Centre.................................................................................................. 22–23 Restaurant Rübis&Stübis............................................................................................... 24–25 Review & outlook by the Managing Director............................... 26–27 Legal notice...................................................................................................................................................... 27 Financial report.................................................................................................................................. 28–31 Annual financial statement 2015....................................................................... 32–33 Performance report.............................................................................................................................. 34 PanEco team................................................................................................................................................... 35 Partners & supporters ....................................................................................................... 36–37
4 | Involvement
Where is PanEco involved? What drives us?
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of all bird of prey and owl species are on the Red List.
of pasture landscapes and therefore the habitat of many species of animals and plants have been destroyed.
In the last 15 years on Sumatra an average of of rainforest has been destroyed each year – an area almost as big as the Canton of Berne.
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Our animated short film: PanEco’s involvement explained in three minutes! http://paneco.ch/en/film
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Berg am Irchel Bird of Prey Sanctuary
Thurauen Nature Centre run
Environmental education and research
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Caring for weak or sick birds of prey and owls and returning them to the wild
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Holistic conservation programme for Sumatran orangutans and their habitat, the rainforest Joint programme of PanEco, its partner foundation YEL and the Indonesian forestry authority
Theme: Marine ecosystems
Theme: organic farming Theme: tropical forest
Local partner organisation YEL
runs together with PanEco
Environmental education for children and adults
Research: Orangutan behaviour and biodiversity of the rainforest
Evacuation, care and reintroduction to the wild of captured orangutans
Rescue and Rehabilitation Station Batu Mâ€˜Belin
Reintroduction and research station Jantho
Reintroduction station Jambi
Research station Sikundur
Research station Suaq Balimbing
Protection and conservation of the tropical rainforest
Promotion of law enforcement
Research station Batang Toru
Surveys and monitoring of remaining wild orangutan populations and their habitat
Campaigns and information activities
Lobbying and advocacy
6 | 2015 in pictures
2015 in pictures Feb
Jan 5 January The formerly blind and well-known orangutan Gober and her daughter Ginting were reintroduced to the wild in the protected forest of Jantho.
5 February On a sunny winter’s day we set free several birds at once which had been brought to the Bird of Prey Sanctuary almost starving and in a weak condition during the cold season.
5–13 February Our partner, Zurich Zoo, visited the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme and learned about the Rescue and Rehabilitation Station and the reintroduction station.
1 May A beaver moved into the undergrowth of the adventure path last spring. With a little patience it was even possible to watch the rodent.
10 May On the Day of Nature Centres, the Thurauen Nature Centre also opened its doors. Visitors found out more about the riparian zones and their inhabitants.
24 June On account of the hot summer, many bird of prey chicks fell from their nests. A whole 60 kestrels were raised in the Bird of Prey Sanctuary.
15 September A precedent on the theme of rainforest conservation: the palm oil company Kallista Alam was convicted by the court of final appeal for illegal slash-and-burn agriculture.
19 September Countless forest fires raged in Borneo and on Sumatra, and most of them were caused by slash-and-burn agriculture for new palm oil plantations.
17 October Two Sumatran orangutan babies were confiscated in Malaysia and brought back to their home, where they are now being raised in the Rescue and Rehabilitation station Station.
2 July Each year, children can discover the Thurauen floodplain with the rangers. In 2015 two groups of Junior Rangers were also regularly out and about.
Sep 7 September The boundaries for the planned Orangutan Haven were determined. The project therefore enters the next phase.
31 April More than 20 owl chicks – so-called branchers – were raised in the Bird of Prey Sanctuary this spring.
2 March The Nature Centre team started the season with three new trainees: Delia Huber, Thomas Ellenbroek and Yasmina Bounâaja were added to the team.
11 November The biggest and oldest oak tree in the Thurauen floodplain fell and, since then, it has provided a habitat for many small animals and plants as deadwood.
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22 March At the start of the season of the Thurauen Nature Centre an indepth special exhibition opened on the theme of the grass snake, Animal of the Year 2015.
15 April The Swiss surgeon Andreas Messikommer worked together with the local team to operate on the hip of the orangutan Santi. She was reintroduced to the wild in September.
5 July Team building at midday: the team of the PanEco office blow away the cobwebs by playing roundabout ping-pong before going back to work.
7 July The websites of the PanEco Foundation, the Thurauen Nature Centre, Rübis&Stübis and the Bird of Prey Sanctuary go online with a new design and revised contents.
17 August At our research stations in the rainforest, several rare animals entered our «camera trap» all on one day: the Sumatran tiger, the Sumatran elephant and also orangutans.
16 April In the spring an Ural owl couple moved into the new owl aviary. They are part of a reintroduction project for this very rare species of owl.
23 April On the gravel banks of the Thurauen floodplain the little ringed plover used to breed – this is a species of bird which, thanks to renaturation, has returned to the Thurauen floodplain.
26 August The PanEco team proudly presents the new animated film which summarises and introduces PanEco’s involvement in just under three minutes.
28–30 August PanEco invited people to the Rainforest Festival: a weekend with fascinating presentations, discoveries in nature and culinary delights.
12 March Like every year, in 2015 prospective vets visited the Bird of Prey Sanctuary to learn about the anatomy and care of birds of prey and owls here.
29 November For the Climate Change Conference in Paris countless people throughout the world gathered for the day of action. We also showed what we love and do not want to lose.
30 November By the end of the year, 13 birds of prey and owls were able to be released from the hands of their sponsors. A great experience for the sponsors and also for the birds!
14 December Thanks to the newly designed training, the young orangutan Ganteng – Gober’s son born in the station – also found his way to freedom.
20 December The new Kapal Bambu restaurant of the Ecolodge Bukit Lawang was opened – an architectural masterstroke with sustainable building material.
8 | Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme SOCP
In the last 75 years, the population of orangutans has fallen by more then 80%. We have to protect the last orangutans and their habitat! Dr. Ian Singleton, Director of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme SOCP
Jantho Reintroduction and Research Station Research Station Sikundur SOCP/YELOffice Medan
Research Station Suaq Balimbing Research Station Batang Toru
Jambi Reintroduction Station
Rescue and Rehabilitation Station Batu Mbelin
Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme SOCP Every year one million hectares of rainforest fall victim to legal or illegal overexploitation. As a consequence, the orangutans are losing their habitat. The Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme is endeavoring to conserve viable wild populations of the Critically Endangered Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii). We do this by habitat protection, rehabilitation and reintroduction of excaptive orangutans to the wild, education, survey work and scientific research. PanEco initiated the SOCP in 1999 under an MOU with the Indonesian Government. Today SOCP is a collaborative programme of PanEco, its local partner YEL and the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestryâ€™s Directorate General of Natural Resource and Ecosystem Conservation.
10 | SOCP Rescue and Rehabilitation Station
In 2015 the SOCP and local partners confiscated a particularly large number of young animals under the age of two and brought them to us. Nearly all of them had seen their mothers being killed. In the Rescue and Rehabilitation Station they are raised safely and prepared for a new life free in the rainforest. Dr Yenny Saraswati, Senior veterinary surgeon in the Rescue and Rehabilitation Station
Project objectives in 2015 R Confiscation and care of all reported
Sumatran orangutans. R Total renovation of the Infant House and
provision of 24-hour care for the increasingly young patients. R Completion of the new construction of the Male Cages for strong male orangutans. R Development of a special training programme for the orangutan «Ganteng», who remained behind in the station after his mother and sister were reintroduced to the wild.
Project budget for 2015 CHF 264'770.–
Outlook In 2016 the training programme for young animals is going to be expanded and, in addition to the socialisation enclosure, an open-air enclosure will be set up for the so-called Forest School.
In 2015, 25 orangutans were confiscated from illegal captivity or evacuated from palm oil plantations and taken to the station.
Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme SOCP
Rescue and Rehabilitation Station After confiscating the orangutans from illegal captivity, the Rescue and Rehabilitation Station of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme is the first stop on the way to freedom. Here the Sumatran orangutans are examined and, if necessary, given medical treatment. As soon as possible they are socialised with other orangutans. Young animals are given 24-hour care during the first years in the Infant House set up especially for this purpose. At the Forest School they learn everything they need to know for a life in freedom.
Overall in 2015, 53 orangutans were cared for in the Rescue and Rehabilitation Station and prepared for their reintroduction to the wild.
In 2015, 17 young animals under the age of two were confiscated. They are being raised in the stationâ€™s new Infant House until they are reintroduced to the wild at the age of around six.
12 | SOCP Reintroduction Stations
Reintroductions vary as much as the personalities of the candidates: some orangutans climb immediately into the adjacent trees, others need a few days before they leave their enclosure area. But at some point all orangutans that were once in captivity swing freely through the rainforest – and that’s an indescribable feeling for me and my staff!
Mukhlisin, Station director of Jantho Reintroduction Station
Project objectives in 2015 R Successful reintroduction of all orangutans
transferred from the Rescue and Rehabilitation Station in the Jantho Station. R Successful reintroduction of the «famous» orangutan mother «Gober» and her twins in the Jantho Nature Reserve. R Increased awareness-raising work in schools and villages to prevent conflicts between orangutans and the local population.
Project budget for 2015 CHF 164'846.–
Outlook Remote patrols and «satellite camps» are planned so that orangutans that have been reintroduced to the wild and go far away from the reintroduction station can also be monitored and studied.
In the Jantho Nature Reserve a total of 15 orangutans were released in 2015.
Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme SOCP
Reintroduction Stations In the two Reintroduction Stations in the Bukit-Tigapuluh National Park in Jambi and the Jantho Nature Reserve, in Aceh, orangutans are carefully prepared for life in their natural environment. If they are ready to live in freedom, they are gradually released while being monitored continually. After the successful reintroduction in the nature reserve, the animals continue to be monitored and their behaviour is documented.
Since the Jantho Reintroduction Station was opened in 2011, the team working there has been able to reintroduce a total of 71 animals to the rainforest.
Since the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme was established, a total of 233 orangutans have been returned to the wild in protected rainforest.
14 | SOCP Research Stations
The study of the wild orangutans and, in particular, their habitat provides the basis for successfully reintroducing confiscated orangutans to the wild.
Matthew Nowak, Head of Research/Monitoring
Project objectives in 2015 R Continuation of the research into orangutan
behaviour at the four stations. R Continuation of the data collection on the
biodiversity and phenology of the studied rainforest. R Setting up camera traps to record the terrestrial fauna. R Acceptance of and support for the research of national and international students in Suaq and Sikundur. R Continuation and evaluation of the nest counts to record the Sumatran orangutans with the help of drones.
Project budget for 2015 CHF 146'894.–
Outlook Analysis and evaluation of the monitoring data collected over the last five years will begin in 2016. In Suaq in 2016 students from Zurich will resume their research which had to be put on hold in 2015 for political reasons.
In Sikundur in 239 studies on long calls – the calls of the males – two previously unknown orangutans were discovered.
Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme SOCP
Research Stations Field research provides the basis for successfully reintroducing orangutans to the wild and protecting their natural habitat. Under the umbrella of PanEcoâ€™s Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme, researchers have, for more than 15 years, been collecting and analysing scientific data on the behaviour of the orangutans and their habitat. Each of the research stations is located in one of the four typical habitats of Sumatran orangutans. Thanks to the findings gained from this research work, the conservation programmes are able to be given a specific focus.
Four students from two British universities and one American university supported our research team in Sikundur in 2015.
A biodiversity study revealed that in the threatened rainforest in Batang Toru there are, at least 15 mammals species that are on the Red List.
16 | SOCP Rainforest conservation
The fires in the late summer of 2015 show that there is still a lot to do when it comes to rainforest conservation. But my team and I are doing our best to help conserve the home of the orangutans and other endangered species.
Graham Usher, Head of Habitat Protection
Project objectives in 2015 R Lobbying work and providing evidence to
government authorities (including with the help of drones) to help prosecutions against palm oil groups carrying out illegal. R Increased national and international information activities regarding the dangerous new spatial planning law of the province of Aceh. R Stopping the drainage of the former Kallista Alam concession in Tripa by blocking the drainage canals. Integration of the local communities in the restoration activities of the peat land.
Project budget for 2015 CHF 36'256.–
Outlook The lobbying and awareness-raising work regarding the palm oil problem will be continued and extended in the coming year at the local level and also internationally. There will also be a lot of work done on the lasting protection of the «Leuser Ecosystem» habitat and therefore on its unique biodiversity and the ecosystem services which are vital for the local population.
The Kallista Alam Group was fined 26 million US dollars in 2015 by the court of final appeal for illegal slash-and-burn agriculture.
Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme SOCP
Rainforest conservation The SOCP has an integrated approach to enable it to protect the endangered species of the Sumatran orangutan in the long-term. With campaigns and lobbying, environmental education programmes, attendance of official committees and media relations, the population and authorities are made aware of the theme of rainforest and species conservation. In addition, local organisations are supported with extensive data, for example, in order to take legal action against illegal activities. In this way, further wood and palm oil concessions will be prevented or revoked, the protected areas will be expanded and the protection improved in already existing reserves. For this work the project team can rely on the PanEco network, which has been set up over many years, in order to exert more pressure together with other organisations.
After years of research and campaign work, 105'000 hectares of primary rainforest in Batang Toru were declared ÂŤprotection forestÂť.
In 2015 in Tripa 18 drainage canals were blocked in the former Kallista Alam concession area and the drainage was therefore stopped.
18 | Environmental education in Indonesia
In our new restaurant «Kapal Bambu», nature, sustainability and cuisine are combined. It is one of the biggest bamboo buildings in Southeast Asia and transports our message to promote eco-tourism and bamboo as a sustainable building material far and wide in the world!
Bobi Chandra, Head of the Ecolodge Bukit Lawang
Project objectives in 2015 R Orangutan Haven: land registration of the
48-hectare area, organic certification and cultivation of fruit and vegetables, securing the borders. R PPLH Bohorok, Ecolodge Bukit Lawang: construction and opening of the new bamboo restaurant «Kapal Bambu». R PPLH Bohorok, Ecofarming Centre: expansion of infrastructure with the bamboo hall for training, the «Farmhouse» for product processing and the biogas plant. R PPLH Puntondo, waste management: purchase of a machine for the block pressing of PET bottles for later sale. R PPLH Seloliman: renovation of the bungalows, toilets and kitchen, catering training for staff.
Project budget for 2015 CHF 93'500.–
Outlook In 2016 the three environmental education centres and the three Ecolodges will each be having a shared web portal and attractive new websites created with the aim of exploiting synergies, broadly publicising the available offers and therefore appealing to new target groups. Orangutan Haven: establishment of a project team with a project and construction manager, creation of a master plan, bamboo workshop, bamboo bridge and factory road.
In the open Bamboo Lounge on the second floor of the new restaurant at the environmental education centre in Bohorok, visitors can listen to the sounds of the rainforest in an area of 450 m2.
Environmental education in Indonesia
Environmental education centres and Orangutan Haven PanEco supports three environmental education centres (PPLH) in Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi which were co-founded by PanEco and are now run by independent local partner organisations. Here, local school classes and also local and foreign tourists learn about the threatened diversity of the rainforest habitat, the fragile marine ecosystem and organic farming. As well as inexpensive accommodation for groups, each environmental education centre has an Ecolodge for tourists which, as profit centres, cross-finance the environmental education activities with their income. After a long planning phase, in 2015 the starting signal was given to build the Orangutan Haven! The unique project is on the MedanLake Toba tourist route and its goal is to give local and foreign visitors to the 48-hectare site an understanding of the endangered ecosystem of the tropical rainforest and the diversity of tropical crop plants and also to ensure disabled orangutans that can no longer be released have a life worth living. As a profit centre the Orangutan Haven will, if nothing else, provide the SOCP with the required economically sustainable basis.
In 20'000 working hours, female loIn total, 17'524 pupils of all cal farmers cultivated 6 ha of land ages visited the environin the Orangutan Haven and produced 20% of the food for mental education centres on Sumatra, Java and the animals in the Rescue and Rehabilitation Station. Sulawesi in 2015.
20 | Berg am Irchel Bird of Prey Sanctuary
In the last few years the Berg am Irchel Bird of Prey Sanctuary has developed into a modern facility for looking after birds of prey which is unique throughout Switzerland. Here these protected animals are given the care they deserve.
Andreas Lischke, Director of the Berg am Irchel Bird of Prey Sanctuary
Project objectives in 2015 R Care for all injured or weak birds of prey and
owls which arrive until they are healthy and then set them free again. R Raise awareness of the problems of the birds of prey and environmentally sound behaviour in everyday life among various target groups. R Continuous optimisation of the care quality and therefore an increase in the success rate of care. R Arrival of the Ural owl couple for the reintroduction programme in Austria. R Introduction of individual bird and care box sponsorships.
Project budget for 2015 CHF 214'715.–
Outlook In 2016 the Bird of Prey Sanctuary is celebrating its 60-year anniversary – this proud figure will be celebrated fittingly. The trend towards increasing numbers of patients will also be continued in 2016. The sanctuary is equipped for 350 patients a year so it still has capacity.
In 2015 the Bird of Prey Sanctuary set 181 birds of prey and owls free after successfully providing them with care.
Berg am Irchel Bird of Prey Sanctuary
Where birds learn to fly again The habitat of birds of prey and owls is becoming increasingly restricted on account of various influences. The Berg am Irchel Bird of Prey Sanctuary campaigns for the wellbeing and continued existence of these birds in many different ways. It takes in injured or weak birds of prey and owls and sets them free as soon as they are healthy again. It also tells people of all ages about the needs of these animals.
225 patients were taken in and cared for in the Bird of Prey Sanctuary in 2015.
In more than 70 guided tours the Bird of Prey Sanctuary welcomed almost 1900 visitors.
22 | Thurauen Nature Centre
In 2015 the grass snake was Animal of the Year. Our visitors learned about this indigenous snake in special guided tours and in the special exhibition. We managed to make many visitors interested in the timid reptile and the vibrant river landscape.
Petra Zajec, Director of Thurauen Nature Centre
Project objectives in 2015 R Enable people to experience nature directly
and therefore appreciate nature with its unique flora and fauna. R Inform the population about the renaturation of the Thur and explain about the protection ordinance. R Supervision and information in the nature reserve, visitor guidance and maintenance of the infrastructure by the ranger service. R Make children and adults aware of a sustainable, ecological lifestyle and demonstrate possible ways in which they can act in everyday life. R Raise awareness both regionally and nationally. R Ensure sustainable funding.
Project budget for 2015 CHF 711'591.–
Outlook Thanks to the great response, the exhibition on the grass snake will be extended for a year in expanded form. For 2017 a new special exhibition is being developed on the theme «Rainforest – Floodplain Forest».
In 2015, the team of the Thurauen Nature Centre welcomed 9132 visitors.
Thurauen Nature Centre
More nature for everyone The Thurauen Nature Centre is the gateway to the biggest floodplain conservation area in the Swiss Plateau. For visitors to the Thurauen floodplain, the centre is the contact point for all information about the nature reserve, renaturation and possible excursions. In the interactive exhibition and on the adventure path people of all ages can immerse themselves in the habitats of a vibrant floodplain and become familiar with several typical animals and plants. The nature centre supported by the Canton of Zurich also offers a wide range of public events, guided tours and workshops for school classes, organisations and families.
In 2015, groups of all kinds were fascinated by the nature of the Thurauen floodplain in 269 guided tours and events.
In 2015, 20 Junior Rangers went on tours of discovery to become familiar with the Thurauen floodplain and its characteristic features.
24 | Restaurant Rübis&Stübis
The restaurant Rübis&Stübis also served a lot of hungry guests in 2015. Thanks to the good, hot weather, in the summer months our terrace was often full of hikers, nature centre visitors, bike riders as well as visitors to the public swimming baths and campsite. Charles Anthony, Chef at the Restaurant Rübis&Stübis
Annual objectives in 2015 R Indulge our varied clientele in a welcoming
atmosphere and delight them with seasonal dishes. R Wherever possible use organic food from producers from the region. R Hold at least six themed buffets. R Increase the number of banquet bookings in the off-season.
Outlook The themed buffets, which are very popular with our customers, will also be held in 2016. With an increasing number of group bookings, the restaurant will also be full in the off-season.
In 2015 the Rübis&Stübis restaurant held 234 banquets – including one wedding.
Fresh, regional, seasonal The restaurant Rübis&Stübis has a wide range of guests: visitors to the Thurauen Nature Centre get their energy back after a discovery tour on the adventure path. Visitors to the public swimming baths can go to the restaurant to pick up an ice cream from the producer located directly on the other side of the river. And visitors to the campsite can treat themselves to a delicious dinner. Rübis&Stübis has also established itself as a family-friendly excursion restaurant and delights its guests with dishes made mostly from regional and seasonal ingredients. The restaurant is run by PanEco as an independent commercial project and is financially independent from the rest of the non-profit projects.
In the short asparagus season the Rübis&Stübis restaurant used 150 kg of Flaach asparagus.
The Indonesian buffet attracted 177 people to the restaurant on the occasion of the PanEco Festival.
26 | Review & outlook
Review & Outlook Interview with Managing Director Beat Schumacher For the Managing Director of the PanEco Foundation, Beat Schumacher, 2015 was an exciting and successful year. In the interview he reveals what the PanEco team was particularly busy doing in 2015, what PanEco achieved and what he has resolved to do for the new year.
Beat Schumacher, what are your best memories from 2015? There are a lot, of course! We had many different occasions and countless activities in the projects – and I have very positive memories of most of these. Let me choose a few of them:
What were the challenges of the last year and how did PanEco deal with them? We are facing a major challenge – like every other foundation or company – in that we need to know how to deal with a shortage of resources. We do not have enough resources – staff, funds and also time – for everything we want to do. This meant that in 2015 we also had to set clear priorities, to focus, and to plan and approach our activities with the medium term in mind. Then there is also the matter that we are an international NGO. For instance, on Sumatra we run the Orangutan Conservation Programme with several sub-projects and around 80 employees. This of course involves challenges: from interfaces and communication onto coordination work for culture and language and questions related to our local presence. As a result, in the past year we considered it important to have lively mutual exchange and also to ensure this is continually optimised. This is a challenge, but it is also a lot of fun!
In the Rescue and Rehabilitation Station, for example, there was great progress made with the renovation work – in the last year, 17 newly confiscated young orangutans moved into the new Infant House where they enjoy professional care. In Jantho, the team, in turn, successfully reintroduced 15 orang-utans to the wild.
Another challenge lies in communication. We want to continue to improve our positioning and make the outside world more aware of us. We know there is still potential here. We have therefore worked intensively on this area and, for example, set up new websites, launched a monthly newsletter and, together with someone doing his compulsory community service, we have created a great infographic short film about PanEco.
In Switzerland, in the Bird of Prey Sanctuary, we were also able to keep the success rate of care very high at 82% for another year thanks to the completion of the renovation work on our modern infrastructure.
What do you – as Managing Director of a global nature conservation foundation – understand by sustainability?
With regard to the Thurauen Nature Centre, we renewed and revised the performance agreement in good, constructive discussions with the Canton of Zurich. This ensures, for instance, that we will have a substantial financial contribution for each of the next five years to help us run the Nature Centre. To sum up, in 2015 we were also able to continue consistently on the path we began in 2013, one of focus and consolidation. This path and the last year are, for me, characterised by stability and continuity – in particular in the team. But this stability was also seen in connection with our network, with our partners. I would like to take this opportunity to thank a special partner of ours – Zurich Zoo. The cooperation with the zoo was particularly close and rewarding for us, especially in the last year.
Generally I understand sustainability as a principle of action for the use of resources, with stability and consistency being the clear priorities here. If we go even further, sustainability has various dimensions for me: on the one hand there is ecological sustainability, where it is really a matter of taking care of our world and making a contribution to species and nature conservation. The important idea is to have a long-term orientation – it is our goal to ensure that nature continues to exist in the long term. Secondly, there is the issue of environmental education: to act sustainably also means making society aware of themes of sustainability. So that PanEco can impart knowledge and we can therefore get the general public «on board». The third dimension is, for me, also an economic one. As a foundation we also have to act in an economically sustainable manner, which means being financially stable in the long term. Our revenues
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and expenditure have to be balanced too – we cannot spend more than we earn. Ultimately the principle is very simple: we want to campaign for ecological sustainability and environmental education and work hard for these. For this task, however, PanEco also has to be on a sound footing in the future. We can only achieve this if we are economically sustainable.
As well as all the work, there will also be several opportunities to celebrate: in 2016 PanEco is celebrating its 20-year anniversary, and the Bird of Prey Sanctuary will have its sensational 60th birthday. So next year we have many activities, occasions and new ideas planned too – we are looking forward to the coming year, it will certainly not be boring for us!
What is on the agenda for PanEco in 2016? Which activities are planned in the longer term? In 2016 we will continue to work on keeping the quality of our projects at the same high level as now. To do this, we have to keep campaigning to provide greater support for the revenue side to ensure the economic sustainability mentioned before. With many communication activities we also want to position our convictions regarding nature and species conservation and make people more aware of PanEco too.
Legal notice © PanEco Foundation, May 2016 Editing, text and design: Irena Wettstein, Sarah Kohler Financial report: Marcel Etterlin Editorial: Regina Frey Pictures: PanEco, Nick Lobeck, Craig Jones, Johanna Henning, Carsten Storm, Carlos Quilles, Fred Andres Printed: In Switzerland Paper: 100% recycled Languages: German and English
28 | Financial report
Financial report Commentary on the annual financial statement 2015 PanEco is a foundation mostly financed by donations and it uses its funds for nature and species conservation and also environmental education in Switzerland and Indonesia. Income With revenues of more than CHF 4.5 million, PanEco was able to slightly increase its income over the previous year. This is thanks to our group of very loyal and generous donors, who increased in number again in 2015. The network of charitable foundations, private benefactors and the canton also help to put us on a sound financial basis. One pleasing aspect for the financial year 2015 was that the Canton of Zurich supported the Thurauen Nature Centre financially for the first time, too.
Origin of the funds More than half of our income comes from private donors. Another significant part is generated in projects. One example is revenue from guided tours and workshops in the Nature Centre and Bird of Prey Sanctuary. Another part comes from charitable foundations. The Thurauen Nature Centre is also given financial support by the Canton of Zurich.
Use of funds for our three main projects The largest amount goes to the holistically designed Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme in Indonesia. This project not only builds up new populations of these endangered animals, it also protects their rainforest habitat and carries out a lot of research work. The costs for the Thurauen Nature Centre in Flaach and the Berg am Irchel Bird of Prey Sanctuary are somewhat lower. Only 10% of our funds are invested in administration, fundraising and communication.
Result As in the previous years, PanEco is ending the year with a balanced result.
Project expenses PanEco basically uses its funds for the following three main projects: – Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme, Indonesia; – Berg am Irchel Bird of Prey Sanctuary, Switzerland; – Thurauen Nature Centre in Flaach, Switzerland. The use of earmarked donations was less in the last financial year than in the previous year, but here it needs to be taken into consideration that these contributions are often connected with projects which run over several years.
Fundraising, communication and administration The costs remained stable in comparison with the previous year. PanEco endeavours to make its organisational structures efficient so that the greatest possible share of every Swiss franc donated can be used for projects. We base our fundraising activities on the ethical guidelines of Swissfundraising.
ZEWO seal of approval PanEco – as a non-profit foundation with headquarters in Switzerland – is subject to the foundation supervision of the Swiss Department of Home Affairs. Its accounts are checked by an independent auditing company. The ZEWO seal of approval also proves that PanEco uses its donations for a specific purpose and effectively.
Financial reporting Financial reporting was based on Swiss GAAP FER 21. The financial outline included here is an abridged version of the audited 2015 accounts. The detailed annual financial statement can be ordered from us.
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Revenue from projects
Origin of the funds
56% Contributions from the canton
Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme
Administration, fundraising, communication
10% Berg am Irchel Bird of Prey Sanctuary
Use of funds for our three main projects
29% Thurauen Nature Centre
Public funds Canton of Zurich
Origin of the funds: private and public
Private funds Private donations, charitable foundations and revenue
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Balance sheet PanEco
ASSETS Current assets Cash
1 088 822.51
Trade accounts receivables
Other accounts receivables
Total current assets
1 262 364.27
4 044 156.67
4 787 217.49
5 306 520.49
5 622 999.36
Total short-term liabilities
2 410 000.00
Loans from related parties
3 656 000.00
2 610 000.00
Total long-term liabilities
4 205 000.00
5 020 000.00
Internally generated unrestricted operating funds
Total capital of the organisation
5 306 520.94
5 622 999.36
LIABILITIES, FUNDS AND CAPITAL Short-term liabilities
Long-term liabilities Loans
Restricted Funds Capital of the organisation
Liabilities, funds and capital
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Statement of operations PanEco
INCOME Income from fund raising campaigns
3 104 454.15
3 346 167.57
Income from services rendered
1 480 410.60
1 086 493.30
4 584 864.75
4 432 660.87
EXPENDITURE ON SERVICES Project expenditure Environmental education Switzerland
–2 027 949.02
–2 056 304.87
Environmental education Indonesia
Environmental protection Switzerland
–1 031 647.28
–1 239 025.90
Environmental protection Indonesia Partnerships and other projects Direct project expenditure
–3 662 134.78
–3 949 183.31
Centralized services Communication and fund raising Administration
Total centralized services
–4 059 462.99
–4 386 713.36
Total expenditure on services Operating result Financial income Financial expenses
–2 191 238.12
–2 021 771.36
1 701 703.60
2 088 006.84
Result from restricted funds
Result from capital of the organisation
Result after allocation and use of funds
Extraordinary non-operating expenses/income Result before allocation and use of funds Allocation
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Cash flow statement PanEco Result before allocation and use of funds
CHF CHF 489 534.52
(Increase) Decrease trade accounts receivables
(Increase) Decrease other accounts receivables
Reversal of non-current items Depreciation of non-current assets Change in net current assets items
(Increase) Decrease inventory (Increase) Decrease accrued income
Increase (Decrease) liabilities
Increase (Decrease) accrued liabilities
1 012 226.70
(Investments) Disinvestments in fixed assets
Cash flow used for investing activities
–1 861 000.00
1 046 000.00
Cash and cash equivalents as of 1 January
Increase (Decrease) Cash and cash equivalents
1 088 822.51
Cash flow from operating activities
Increase (Decrease) loans Third parties Related parties Cash flow used for financing activities Total cash flow Increase Cash and cash equivalents
Cash and cash equivalents as of 31 December
Annual financial statement 2015
Statement of changes in capital
Closing balance 31.12.2015
RESTRICTED FUNDS Environmental education Switzerland
Environmental protection Switzerland
1 084 095.63
2 191 238.12
–1 701 703.60
Internally generated unrestricted operating funds
Total capital of the organisation
Environmental protection Indonesia Other projects Total restricted funds CAPITAL OF THE ORGANISATION
Audit On 2 March 2016 Consultive Revision AG reviewed the annual financial statement 2015. It complies with the legal and statutory provisions. The audit report and the complete financial statement can be ordered from our office or downloaded from our website. Extract from the audit report: «(...) Based on our limited statutory examination, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the financial statements do not give a true and fair view of the financial position, the result of operations and the cash flows in accordance with Swiss GAAP FER 21 or do not comply with Swiss law and the foundation's article of incorporation. Furthermore we confirm that the governing regulations of the foundation ZEWO are kept.» Winterthur, March 2, Consultive Revisions AG
34 | Performance report
Performance report Organisation & Team The biologist Regina Frey, after decades of personal commitment to the rainforest and the orangutans on Sumatra, founded the PanEco Foundation in 1996 in the Zurich Weinland region. PanEco’s range of activities has steadily grown since then. The goal remains the same today: protection of endangered animals and habitats and also promotion of environmental education in Switzerland and Indonesia. To achieve this, PanEco runs its own programmes, works on joint programmes together with local partners and supports related organisations with expertise and funding. Board of trustees The supreme body of PanEco is the board of trustees. It has overall responsibility at the strategic level and consists of the following eight members: Dr Barbara Dubach, Regina Frey, Samuel Frey, Dr Uma Grob, Margret Hoz (not in the picture), Karin Koch, Claudia Lutz and Dr Adriano Vigano. The chairperson is the foundation’s president and founder Regina Frey. The board of trustees sat five times in 2015 and works in a voluntary capacity.
The board of trustees is responsible for determining the strategic alignment and appointing the management board of PanEco. It approves the annual financial statement and the annual budget. In the financial year 2015, project expenditure of over 4 million Swiss francs was approved.
Business and department management The head of operations at PanEco is the Managing Director Beat Schumacher. In 2015 he was supported by the division heads Marcel Etterlin (Finance & IT; Deputy Managing Director), Andreas Lischke (Bird of Prey Sanctuary), Ian Singleton (Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme), Reto Urech (Fundraising), Irena Wettstein (Communication) and Petra Zajec (Nature Centre).
Employees In the reporting year the PanEco Foundation had 25 permanent employees in Switzerland and six in Indonesia – most of them working part-time. Via our partner foundation YEL, another 80 people work on Sumatra. The permanent employees were supported by a total of 32 people doing their compulsory community service and also four trainees. The Nature Centre and the Bird of Prey Sanctuary have teams of volunteers, whose members support the programmes if necessary during larger occasions and for various tasks which arise.
Organisational structure PanEco considers it very important to use its staff and financial resources efficiently. The professional project partners of many years and also dedicated and broadly qualified staff enable very lean administration at the place of business. The PanEco office is located in Berg am Irchel in the Zurich Weinland region. The two Swiss programmes, the Thurauen Nature Centre and the Berg am Irchel Bird of Prey Sanctuary, are in the same or a neighbouring community. In Indonesia, PanEco runs the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme and supports three environmental education centres on Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi. PanEco runs the Thurauen Nature Centre (on behalf of the Canton of Zurich) and the Berg am Irchel Bird of Prey Sanctuary. The Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme SOCP initiated by PanEco is a joint programme of PanEco, its local partner organisation YEL and the Indonesian Nature Conservation Authority. The people responsible at the Nature Centre and the Bird of Prey Sanctuary are part of the core team of the PanEco office. The various divisions of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme are headed by proven specialists in Medan, and in some cases these have been in Indonesia for decades. They are direct employees of PanEco and are in close contact with the office in Switzerland.
Project management For its project management and project controlling, PanEco complies with the ZEWO guidelines and also internationally accepted quality standards. The financial statement is drawn up according to the principles of Swiss GAAP FER 21 for charitable non-profit organisations (NPOs).
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Team PanEco: Status of May 2016, in alphabetical order
PanEco office and Bird of Prey Sanctuary Dominique Bärtschi (Fundraising), Eberhard Dilger (Fundraising), Marcel Etterlin (Head of Finance/IT), Regina Frey (President of the board of trustees/Responsible for projects in Indonesia), Esther Kettler (Consultant for accounting), Sarah Kohler (Trainee Communication), Andreas Lischke (Manager of the Bird of Prey Sanctuary), Beat Schumacher (Managing Director), Reto Urech (Head of Fundraising), Irena Wettstein (Head of Communication)
Thurauen Nature Centre and Thurauen Ranger service Annemarie Brennwald (Ranger), Sonja Falkner (Trainee), Simon Fuchs (Ranger), Beat Gisler (Manager of the Thurauen Ranger Service), Cornelia Jenny (Person responsible for the Nature Centre shop), Luis Lietha (Trainee), Heribert Rappolt (Caretaker), Tobias Ryser (Ranger), Nicole Steiger (Trainee), Lena Willimann (Deputy manager), Petra Zajec (Manager of the Nature Centre)
Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme SOCP Gabriella Fredriksson (Programme coordinator for Batang Toru), Jess McNelson (Programme coordinator for SOCP), Matthew Nowak (Head of Research/Monitoring), Ian Singleton (Manager of SOCP), Graham Usher (Head of Habitat Protection) (Status of December 2015)
Restaurant Rübis&Stübis Charles Collin Anthony (Chef), Oliver Eberle (Administration, sales, customer advice), Push Krishnan (Service manager)
36 | Thanks
Alex Rübel, Director of Zurich Zoo
Many thanks! Partners & supporters PanEco’s work would not be possible without the generous support of benefactors, sponsors, members and many donors. Our thanks also go to the listed partners, donor foundations and organisations which generously support our programmes and also to all people doing their compulsory community service and volunteers – without whom we would not be what we are!
«PanEco is our nature conservation partner in the area of rainforest and orangutan conservation on Sumatra. With PanEco we have a partner which, for many years, has been fully and professionally committed to our joint cause in Sumatra.»
Our partners Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari YEL The Foundation for a Sustainable Ecosystem YEL was founded by PanEco in Sumatra. Together with YEL, PanEco runs the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme. Yayasan Puntondo & Yayasan Seloliman The two Indonesian foundations on Sulawesi and Java run the two environmental education centres supported by PanEco. Bungerthof The Bungerthof is an organic farm run by the PanEco Foundation’s president. It provides the restaurant Rübis&Stübis with local products. University of Zurich – Anthropological Institute Institute for the study of the evolution of humans and their behaviour. Together with the institute, PanEco runs the Suaq Research Station on Sumatra.
Diana Kosmanto, Managing Director of the partner organisation YEL
University of Zurich – Veterinary Hospital Close cooperation between the Bird of Prey Sanctuary and the Veterinary Hospital of the University of Zurich. Complicated medical cases are treated in the Veterinary Hospital and are taken back to the sanctuary for rehab and then to be returned to the wild. Cooperation in the training of prospective vets specialising in the bird of prey branch of wildlife medicine. Zurich Zoo PanEco’s Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme is one of the six nature conservation projects supported by Zurich Zoo. PanEco and Zurich Zoo also worked together on the exhibition on the theme of rainforest conservation in the monkey house. Building Department of the Canton of Zurich The Building Department of the Canton of Zurich is the contracting authority for running the nature centre and makes an essential contribution to its funding. It heads the renaturation project in the Thurauen floodplain (Flood prevention and pasture landscape at the mouth of the Thur). Animal rescue service of the Pfötli Animal Shelter Close cooperation between the Bird of Prey Sanctuary and the animal rescue service. All transportations of birds of prey – from where they are discovered to the sanctuary or from here to the Veterinary Hospital – are carried out by the animal rescue service.
«Thanks to the close cooperation between YEL and PanEco, we were able to achieve many goals regarding the conservation of the orangutans and their habitat.»
Ornithological Institute in Sempach Cooperation between the Bird of Prey Sanctuary and the Ornithological Institute in Sempach in the areas of environmental education and the tagging of birds.
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Network of Swiss Nature Centres
Christina Filthaut, bird of prey sponsor
The Thurauen Nature Centre is a member of the board of the national network of nature centres, which has around 20 members. Municipalities of Flaach and Berg am Irchel Flaach and Berg am Irchel in the Zurich Weinland region are the local communities of the Nature Centre and the Bird of Prey Sanctuary. TCS TCS runs the campsite right next to the Nature Centre at Steubisallmend. We work together to deal with the maintenance of the premises, waste disposal, bike hire and individual events. Indonesian Nature Conservation Authority PanEco’s SOCP is based on an agreement with the Indonesian Nature Conservation Authority which gives the full support of the government for the programme. Together with the authority, SOCP carries out confiscations of orangutans. Frankfurt Zoological Society The Frankfurt Zoological Society is an international nature conservation organisation which campaigns for the preservation of biodiversity. It heads and gives financial support to the orangutan reintroduction station in Jambi. Orang Utan Coffee The Orang Utan Coffee project supports farmers who run their coffee plantations ecologically and do not clear the rainforest. 50 euro cents per kilo of Orang Utan Coffee go to PanEco. The Orangutan Project The Australian NGO The Orangutan Project supports PanEco's SOCP with international promotion, fundraising, especially by managing the SOCP’s orangutan adoptions programme.
Bernhard Trachsel, board of trustees of the Haldimann Foundation
«The Haldimann Foundation supports the Berg am Irchel Bird of Prey Sanctuary because not only are the animals professionally cared for and treated here, the temporary care also makes sound biological sense for wild animals and serves the purpose of sustainability and the preservation of biodiversity.»
«I found this wonderful bird injured on the edge of the road. The police took it to the Bird of Prey Sanctuary and, thanks to the professional care, I was able to release my «Taipa» into the wild just one week later. It was one of the best moments I have ever experienced.»
Our supporters Aktiebolaget Furuviksparken Annette Ringier-Stiftung Arcus Foundation Atlanta Fulton County Zoo Auckland Communities Foundation Australian Orangutan Project Baudirektion Kanton Zürich: Amt für Landschaft und Natur (Fachstelle Naturschutz) Bernd Thies-Stiftung Boguth-Jonak-Stiftung Eliseum Stiftung Ellen Frederik-Stiftung Else v. Sick Stiftung Erlenmeyer-Stiftung Europäische Tierschutzstiftung Galerie Vita Georg und Bertha Schwyzer-WinikerStiftung Grütli Stiftung Zürich Haldimann Stiftung I:Collect AG Indianapolis Zoological Society Jean Wander Stiftung John Moores Liverpool University Malou-Stiftung für Tierschutz Monique Gallusser-Lafont-Stiftung National Geographic Society Orangutan Conservancy Orangutan Crisis Foundation Orangutan Land Trust Orangutan Outreach Orang-Utan Regenwald GmbH Orang-Utans in Not e.V. Pancivis Stiftung Rudolf und Romilda Kägi-Stiftung Sarulla Operations Ltd Schweizer Tierschutz STS Steffen Gysel-Stiftung Stichting Monkey Business Stiftung Binelli & Ehrsam Zürich Stiftung Carl und Elise Elsener
Stiftung Corymbo Stiftung Regenwald Stiftung Salud y Vida Stiftung Symphasis Stiftung unaterra ‚Stop poaching‘ Stiftung Sumatran Orangutan Society SOS The North of England Zoological Society The Richard Cann Wildlife Foundation Tierhilfe-Stiftung von Herbert und Dora Ruppanner tierschutz.ch-Stiftung Universität Zürich Vollzugsstelle für den Zivildienst Vontobel-Stiftung Vrenjo-Stiftung Zoo Zürich Zoological Society Philadelphia
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Front page picture: The two newly reintroduced Sumatran orangutans «Hutan» and «Ganteng» climbing in the rainforest of the Jantho Nature Reserve.