Thursday November 16th, 2006 -- Berastagi, Sumatra -- Originally we were going to take the attendees out into the forest to show them the problems first hand. However both of the suitable locations were suffering some unrest amongst the people and it was decided that time would be better spent discussing the education programs.

 After the discussion the attendees were given 4 questionaires one for each target group. The responses from the questions will be analysed and the results will be presented at the summit. Each set of 4 sheets was given a unique identifier.

Of course the format had changed since I started developing the database. I started the rework whilst we were waiting for the bus to take us down the mountain back to Medan and the Emerald Garden Hotel.

So far the the events have been a total success the energy level is up and the passion for the rainforest and the Orangutans is apparent. Tomorrow is the Workshop Wrap-up in the morning and the Summit in the afternoon.

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Wednesday November 15th, 2006 -- Berastagi, Sumatra -- The conference was officially opened today by Adi Susmianto, Director of Biodiversity Conservation at PHKA (Forest Protection and Nature Conservation) under the Ministry of Forestry, Republik of Indonesia. Dr. Gary Shapiro followed with his signature male Orangutan Long Call and an opening speech. Dr. Gary's opening presentation was received well and raised spirits prior to the status presentations that followed ....

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Tuesday November 14th -- At around noon we depart for Berastagi, there is myself John Page, Dr. Gary Shapiro & Madelaine Westwood plus of course our trusty driver Dava. Before we are out of Medan Dr. Gary is informing Dava that we must find a good place to stop for .....

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Tuesday November 14th, 2006 -- Medan, Sumatra -- I feel much better this morning and ready for the conference audio/video/computer setup that will take place this afternoon. The morning is spent checking what will be needed in Berastagi. I is a 2 to 3 hour drive up the mountain therefore we want to be sure that we have all the right cables and equipment for the conference since a round trip to Medan for anything that we forget is not really an option.

Monday November 13th 2006 -- Medan, Sumatra -- This was a slow day, much to do, however the power was out for much of the day. I was feeling under the weather for the first time on this trip, perhaps as a result of dense second hand smoke coupled with the heat and a not so great massage at the hotel. The plans for the Conference, Workshop and Summit were finalized. We headed back to the hotel ....

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