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RAINFOREST ALERT UPDATE: Oil Palm/OrangutanThreat Major Issue February 22, 2006 5:32 AM


LIST UPDATE: Clearly we are making Indonesian oil palm's threat
to rainforests and orangutans a major issue. I have never seen
such a massive response to an alert, as our orangutan conservation
friends have swelled our ranks. Our tens of thousands of protest
emails have caused the Indonesian government to close the Prime
Minister's public email account. We are reissuing the alert,
addressing it now to the Minister of Agriculture whose
department is the prime proponent of the project. We have also
added over a dozen new email addresses. Send and forward the
alert again, expressing outrage at the wholesale clearance of
this pristine rainforest wilderness for plantation agriculture.


ACTION ALERT                                   FORWARD WIDELY!

Oil Palm Threatens Indonesia's Rainforests and Orangutans

By Rainforest Portal, project of Ecological Internet, Inc.
February 20, 2006

Chinese funded development a ploy to access rainforest timbers,
will devastate Borneo's biodiversity and largest remaining wild
orangutan population

Indonesia plans to cut a 2,000 kilometer long, five kilometer
wide swathe through one of the world's largest remaining areas
of pristine rainforest to create a massive oil palm plantation.
The project would destroy nearly two million hectares of ancient
rainforest in Kalimantan, traversing almost the entire border
with Malaysia, and slicing through three national parks. These
remote rainforests on the island of Borneo are home to countless
species of rare birds, plants and mammals including the largest
remaining wild orangutan population. This Chinese-funded
"agricultural development" is almost certainly a thinly veiled
ruse to access timber. Indonesia has huge land areas of
abandoned, unproductive palm oil plantations and degraded forest
areas that would be suitable for oil palm development. Palm oil
plantations - which completely clear the rainforests and are
biologically depauperate - are the number one enemy of
orangutans. Orangutans need vast areas of interconnected forest
to survive, and this ill-conceived project would speed up their
extinction. The business as usual palm oil trade is expected to
cause the extinction of the orangutan within 12 years. Let the
Minister of Agriculture know he must cancel the Kalimantan
project, and that new oil palm plantations should be built only
in previously cleared and unused areas. Note your protest emails
are going to a sixteen addresses, so please inform us if some
start to bounce (due to closure, etc.). Please take action now

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