Historic ruling against the destruction of Tripa

On January 8, the Indonesian courts found palm oil company PT Kallista Alam guilty of illegally burning forests within the Tripa Peat Swamps and fined the palm oil company with approximately 9 million US dollars. With this sentence, the courts delivered a historic ruling agains the destruction of the Leuser Ecosystem.

The Tripa Peat Swamp forests are part of the Leuser Ecosystem, which is the only place on earth where tigers, elephants, rhinos and orangutans can be found living together. Therefore it was listed as one of the 'World's Most Irreplaceable Protected Areas' by the World Conservation Union IUCN. The sentence against PT Kallista Alam is interpreted as a clear message to other companies working in Aceh and  a sign for an improved law enforcement against environmental offenders in the region. Still it is but one step in the right direction. Right now, Aceh's Parliament is pushing a new spatial land use plan which completely ignores the protected status of the Leuser Ecosystem.

For further information about the case, the new spatial land use plan and statements of Ian Singleton and other conservationists, please visit the website of our Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme SOCP.

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Leuser Ecosystem under threat!

The Acehnese Government is pushing to finalise the proposed Spatial Plan in the next coming weeks along with and additional new draft of the governor's regulation, which opens a door for new permits in large critical areas of the Leuser Ecosystem.

If approved, this new plan and the new regulation will result in the rapid devastation of most of Aceh's remaining lowland forests, the last stronghold for the Sumatran orangutan, tiger, rhino and elephant. This also totally undermines the legal status of the world renowned Leuser Ecosystem. What's more, it will not only seriously impact biodiversity and regional carbon emissions, but also seriously jeopardize the lives and livelihoods of many thousands of Aceh's 4 million people.

ACT to save the Leuser Ecosystem and help stopping the new regulation NOW!

For more detailed information including an interview with Dr. Ian Singleton please visit the SOCP website.

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Baby Orangutan named „Tripa“

Chester Zoo in England named new baby orangutan "Tripa" in in honour of the importance of the Tripa Peat Swamp Forest in the Aceh Province of Sumatra.

Chester Zoo supports the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Project in Sumatra as part of their Act for Wildlife programme. This year they are supporting education work in local schools close to forests where encroachment occurs.

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Orangutan rescue taking place in Tripa Peat Swamp Forest

The SOCP Team was heading into the forest to rescue and relocate an Orangutan who trapped in a small pocket of protected forest surrounded by encroaching palm oil plantations. The adult male orangutan has been trapped in over the last months. He has no longer the food to support his existence. See more about the rescue highlights >>

Publication: Developing Palm-oil Production

This publication provides detailed information on the implications of palm-oil production on degraded land. It is based on a unique field project lead by the PanEco Foundation with support of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

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