Dentist wins ‘green oscar’ for using healthcare incentives to halt logging

Scheme offering Indonesian villages that stop illegal logging large discounts on medical care is saving lives as well as the rainforest

As a dental surgeon, a successful career in conservation was not something Dr Hotlin Ompusunggu ever imagined.

But her work in Indonesia, where she has helped save orangutans by providing people with healthcare discounts if their villages stop logging, has clearly paid off. As well as cutting logging and improving health, this week she won second a “green oscar” prize and there are plans to replicate her model across south-east Asia.

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from Sustainable development | The Guardian

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