Whitley Gold Award winner 2016, Hotlin Ompusunggu, features in BBC Radio 4’s Costing The Earth, broadcast on Tuesday 14 March at 15.30 and repeated on Wednesday 15 March at 21.00.

You can listen to or download the programme here.

Hotlin, a dentist by training, was interviewed in Borneo about her fascinating and innovative work protecting orangutans and improving human health in local communities. Poverty and poor health are important drivers of deforestation, with communities often turning to logging to pay for basic yet vital things such as healthcare. Hotlin is working to change this. Through healthcare incentives, her NGO is applying innovative solutions to reduce the need for people to exploit the forest whilst improving access to healthcare for villagers.

Read more about Hotlin’s work here.

Watch her Whitley Gold Award 2016 acceptance speech here.