From Tempo magazine in Indonesia:
Orangutan from Non-conserved Forests Can Only Survive Three Years
Monday, 08 September, 2008 | 16:08 WIB
Jakarta: During the next three years, more than 8,000 orangutans face the treat of extinction as palm oil industries are refusing moratorium or spaces when opening up land.
Environmental activist group Greenpeace considers this as one effective way to protect orangutans that live outside protected forests.
Novi Hardianto, manager of the habitat program at the Center for Orangutan Protection (COP) said on Thursday last week (4/9) that two big palm oil companies, IOI Group and Agro Group, have cut down forests that were known to be the habitat of orangutan.
This was despite the fact that these forests were included in the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
Novi said that this proves RSPO cannot protect the orangutan population.
“The population has been reduced by 3,000 per year. If we cannot improve this, we will not see orangutan anymore in the three years’ time,” she said.
Edi Suhardi, the public relations manager at Agro Group, denied this.
“It is not true that we have cut the forest there,” he said.
“We just started our preliminary study to identify areas with high conservation,” said Edi.
Meanwhile, RSPO spokesperson Desi Kusmadewi said that RSPO would check out the area mentioned by Greenpeace.
“If it is true, we will give chance for the company to repair what they have done first before being removed from RSPO,” said Desi.
Oil palm plantations are no substitute for tropical rainforests, a new study shows: here.
Palm oil industry relies on greenwashing to mislead consumers, alleges report: here.
Orangutan’s spontaneous whistling opens new chapter in study of evolution of speech: here.
Indonesia: terror and eviction for palm oil: here.