Conservation Perspective: Good News for the Only Place on Earth Where Tigers, Rhinos, Orangutans and Elephants Live Together

Sumatran orangutans have lost huge areas of forest habitat. photo courtesy of: Richard Whitcombe
Sumatran orangutans have lost huge areas of forest habitat. photo courtesy of: Richard Whitcombe

by Bill Laurance for The Conversation.com

Conservationists and environmental scientists are used to bad news. So when there’s some really good news, it’s important to hear that as well.

While the battle is far from over, there has been a series of breakthroughs in the long-running battle to protect the imperiled Leuser ecosystem in northern Sumatra, Indonesia – the last place on Earth where tigers, orangutans, rhinoceros and elephants still live alongside one another.

The government of Aceh Province – which controls most of the Leuser ecosystem and has been subjected to withering criticism for its schemes to destroy much of the region’s forests for oil palm, rice and mining expansion while opening it up with a vast road network through the forest – has agreed to a moratorium on new land clearing and mining.

This is huge news, and it’s clear that both the international community and Indonesia’s federal government have played big roles in making this happen. Indonesian President Joko Widodo deserves a great deal of credit for this accomplishment, which he has been pushing for many months, not just in Aceh but elsewhere in Indonesia too.

This excerpt from an article appeared in and is courtesy of theconversation.com and can be read in its entirety here.

Conservation Perspective are articles, essays and first-hand accounts that the Orangutan Conservancy culls from around the world that we feel are must-reads.

 

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