Main Expedition Postponed to Winter Due to Visa Issues – Community Project Goes Ahead

It saddens me to announce that we have been forced to postpone our expedition to the winter months due to visa problems. The office of Research and Technology (RISTEK) in Jakarta are notoriously difficult to work with, and have asked us to resubmit our propoasl for the next meeting in July. We began the application process back in February, and have done everything asked of us. However, the office have made some errors in the handling of our request for permits rersulting in this delay.

The Community Project will still be going ahead this summer, and we will reschedule the main expedition for November-Febraury. Focusing on the positive, this gives us plenty of time to engage more schools institutions and turn this fantastic project into something even bigger.

In the mean time, I would like to thank the following sponsors who have already committed to supporting us despite this set back:

  • The Royal Geographical Society
  • The World Wildlife Fund
  • Primate Conservation International
  • The University of Exeter
  • Les Halpin
  • Christopher and Catherine Foyle (of Foyle’s Bookshops)
  • Aquapac
  • Paramo
  • Livewire
  • Skinners Brewery

Thank you to everyone for their words of support and encouragement. This is a setback, but where there is change there is opportunity, and we intend to make the most of that opportunity.

Martin Holland
Expedition leader