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Posted: Sep 15, 2008 4:48pm | (0) | (0) |  
Focus:Endangered Species
Action Request:Various

I just received this press release yesterday. Any idea to help is welcome. Thanks.


Jakarta, Indonesia
June 12th 2008, 10 am





Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP) urges Indonesian Forestry Department to immediately act proactively in protecting orangutans living outside conservation areas, particularly in Central Kalimantan. If this is not carried out, COP prediction that orangutans living outside the conservation areas in Central Kalimantan will be extinct within the next 3 years will become reality.

At the very moment of this press release, a palm oil plantation PT. Nabatindo Karya Utama is threatening the existence of the last remaining orangutans in Tumbang Koling Village, Cempaga Hulu Sub-District, District of Kotawaringin Timur. The similar conditions have spread to almost all forest areas in Central Kalimantan Province. COP has contacted Forestry Department at all levels and none of them could promise a commitment to solve this matter. Forestry Department could hardly do something to protect orangutans living outside the conservation areas. COP cannot accept the excuse that Forestry Department has to avoid conflicts with the local authorities which are Provincial Government and Forestry Department. COP also cannot accept the excuse that there is no regulation existing on protecting an orangutan habitat which is not a part of conservation area.

Based on Population and Habitat Viability (PHVA) 2004, the number of remaining orangutans in Central Kalimantan Province is 31,300 individuals. With the extinction rate of 9% a year or 2,817 individuals would die in a year, thus the total number of orangutans left in this year would be 20,032 individuals. The ambition of Central Kalimantan Government to increase the provincial revenue from palm oil sector has led to the massive destruction of pristine forest including orangutan habitats. A COP observation within 2007-2008 in all orangutan habitats in Central Kalimantan concludes that at least 8,631 orangutans living outside conservation areas are under threat. A somepoint their habitats could be destroyed for palm oil plantation. With the extinction rate of 2,817 orangutans a year, orangutans living outside conservation area will be extinct from the wildlife within the next 3 years.

Up to this point, Forestry Department is only able and willing to do evacuation. Orangutans are removed to other forest areas or sent to Rehabilitation Centres. Those send to Rehabilitation Centres are generally heavily wounded or the infants as their mothers have been killed. At the moment, all Rehabilitation Centres have been beyond their capacity limit. Now, Nyaru Menteng Rehabilitation Centre in Central Kalimantan can only accept orangutan infants as there are no more places available for the adults.


There is an urgent need to have a political will in order to protect orangutans and their habitats.


HARDI BAKTIANTORO, Executive Director
HP: 0818333911

COP / Centre for Orangutan Protection
Wisma Metropolitan II, 6th Floor
Jalan Jenderal Sudirman Kav.29
Jakarta 12920 INDONESIA
T /F : +6221 7395877
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Posted: Jun 13, 2008 1:52am | (2) | (0) |  
Alert: Save Indonesian protected forests  
Action Request:Petition

Indonesian Goverment Regulation No 2/2008 was released on February 2008 to allow 13 mining companies and their related activities eg. town, transport and communication to use protected forests with the highest rental tariff of US$325/ha. However in the decree, no reference given to the 13 mining companies but to a broad range of mining and oil companies instead. In fact, an official said that other companies may also be eligible.

The areas of protected forests in Indonesia are decreasing rapidly. As well as its massive ecological impacts, this also causes indigenous people to lose their of land and livehood which lead to poverty and marginalisation. On the other hand, the environmental practices of mining companies in Indonesia are mostly below international standard.

The content of the regulation itself was not founded on a strong consultation and assessement which can be seen from the low rental tariff applied.

More information can be found at:

Please sign to support the pressure to revoke this regulation.

Thank you from forest people
Posted: May 20, 2008 5:37am | (0) | (0) |  
{ else }   Alert: Ancient Tazmanian Forest Destruction!  
Action Request:Petition
Location:United Kingdom
     Tazmania is clearfelling its native, old-growth forests at an
     astonishing rate and this continued destruction is affecting so
     much as a result. The true story of Tazmania's logging Industry
     is both devistating and unbelievable! Protected species are NOT
     being protected as forests are totally eradicated; complete
     felling of the area followed by the dropping of napalm means no
     life can continue to survive. The Government is
     allowing this, both through political corruption and continued
     funding (bribery) by the logging Industries, to happen.

     To read more about the Clearfelling of Tazmania's Ancient Forests:;jsessionid=OSZYZIUXYN1BPQFIQMFSFGGAVCBQ0IV0?xml=/earth/2007/06/28/eatas128.xml

Take Action! Please sign the petition and help...

Thank you for your time,
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