Indonesian Parrot Project (IPP)
The Indonesian Parrot Project was founded in 2001 by Dr. Stewart Metz and Barbara Bailey with the mission to help to conserve endangered Indonesian parrots through actions both in situ and ex situ. In the past decades they initiated and managed several successful conservation programs:
- Their most highlighted project protects one of the rarest and most threatened cockatoos in the world, the Abbotti Cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea abbotti), deep in the Java Sea. Only about 25 individuals remained in the wild. They are still on the brink of extinction.
- The Conservation-Awareness-Pride (C-A-P) Program was designed to teach local communities, especially children, about their own cockatoos and parrots, why they are important and should be conserved. The project has built a strong pride in the local people.
- The Community Economic Development program provides alternate means of sustainable income to villagers, who in turn will protect the cockatoos from trapping. Such alternatives are hiring forest wardens to detect active nests, supporting women’s cooperatives, hiring local guides and establishing an ecotourism program.
- The IPP also runs and supports an Avian Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release Center in Seram, Indonesia. Illegal parrot trade is a big issue in Indonesia, but recent forces are building from the local government and NGOs to stop illegal poaching. Confiscated birds are taken to the rescue center of IPP, rehabilitated and possibly reintroduced to the wild.
The Indonesian Parrot Project has been conducting important conservation work to save parrots and cockatoos from extinction in Indonesia. It is NOW time to show these efforts to the general public and to bring these stories to the screen. Wildlife Messengers is making a conservation documentary about their very important work in Indonesia.
Working title: The Indonesian Parrot Project – past, present, and future
Duration: 26 mins
Language: English, Indonesian
The film will introduce the history and current work of IPP, the challenges of parrot conservation in Indonesia, and the importance of protecting parrots as flagship species. We will examine all aspects of parrot conservation including the roles and responsibilities of conservationists, decision makers, local communities and tourists, demonstrating that success can be achieved only by well-organized cooperation among them. Target audiences include potential donors, conservationists, Indonesians, and the general public.
Filming during the last Ecotour organized by IPP in Indonesia.
Selecting and organizing footage taken.
Collecting old footage from the archive storage of the IPP.
Translation of interviews
Translation of recorded interviews from Bahasa to English.
Preparation and launching of a fundraising campaign for the postproduction costs of the documentary.
Postproduction editing of the documentary begins.
Expected premiere of the documentary.
Expected distribution of the documentary.