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Judi Dench turns attention to rainforests

Dame Judi Dench is fronting a new documentary looking at the threats facing the rainforests and diversity on the tropical island of Borneo.

The actor will present Judi Dench’s Wild Borneo Adventure, a new ITV documentary due to air in earlyJuly, with proceeds from a VIP premiere screening going towards the South East Asia Rainforest Research Partnership (SEARRP) and its conservation work in Malaysia.

Alongside footage of Malaysian Borneo's tropical coastline and rainforests, the film will feature Judi’s discussions with leading scientists from SEARRP who are working to protect some of the most biodiverse places on earth.

“This new documentary with Dame Judi provides an opportunity for us to showcase how, with our partners in Malaysia, we are working to study and protect rainforests and demonstrate the critical role they play in regulating the earth’s climate, maintaining biodiversity and supporting human livelihoods and wellbeing,” said Glen Reynolds, SEARRP director.

“The funds raised from this event will contribute to our key mission to train and mentor the next generation of scientists and conservation leaders.”

The premiere screening takes place on 21 June at London’s Royal Geographical Society and include a live Q&A with Judi Dench and filmmakers from Atlantic Productions. Tickets cost £50 with all proceeds going to SEARRP.

Chris Redston, of Rainforest Trust UK, said: "Our work with our committed conservation partners such as SEARRP is vital to ensure the survival of millions of endangered species, and saving these forests from destruction is also vital in the fight against climate change."

It is not the first time Dench has backed an environmentally-focused TV project – her show Judi Dench: My passion for Trees aired on the BBC in 2017.

Three reasons to protect tropical rainforests:

  • Tropical rainforests are home to the greatest number of plant and animal species found on Earth. Covering only five per cent of the planet’s surface, these forests house close to 50 per cent of global biodiversity.
  • Some 500 million people live in tropical forests, and they are essential to the livelihoods of a further one billion people.
  • Tropical forests store immense quantities of carbon and have the potential to play a major role in mitigating climate change.

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