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Willie Smits:
How to restore a rainforest

TED2009 · 20:42 · Filmed Feb 2009
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Willie Smits: How to restore a rainforest
20:42 · Filmed February 2009 at TED2009 · Subtitles available in 25 languages

By piecing together a complex ecological puzzle, biologist Willie Smits believes he has found a way to re-grow clearcut rainforest in Borneo, saving local orangutans — and creating a thrilling blueprint for restoring fragile ecosystems. NOTE: The core content of this talk has been challenged on a number of grounds. For details, and Willie Smits' response, please see "A challenge to Willie Smits' talk" below.

Conservationist
Willie Smits has devoted his life to saving the forest habitat of orangutans, the "thinkers of the jungle." As towns, farms and wars encroach on native forests, Smits works to save what is left. Full bio
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