A 20-year tale of hope: How we re-grew a rainforest: Willie Smits on TED.com

Posted by: Emily McManus

By piecing together a complex ecological puzzle, biologist Willie Smits has found a way to re-grow clearcut rainforest in Borneo, saving local orangutans — and creating a thrilling blueprint for restoring fragile ecosystems. This bold plan drew a standing ovation at TED2009. (Recorded in February 2009 in Long Beach, California. Duration: 20:42.)

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Comments (2)

  • Andrew Zona commented on Mar 3 2009

    What Willie Smits has done is a remarkable achievement. We cannot keep on destroying our rain forests without future consequences. We must protect our eco-systems, in one way or another.

  • Andrew Zona commented on Mar 3 2009

    This is an outstanding achievement. Our rain forests will not be destroyed without ecological consequences. It it people like Willie Smits who give me hope for a better future!