Indonesia’s Aceh Province: Now Open for Logging. Say Goodbye to Orangutans

Turning the Page on Rainforest Destruction: Ch...

Turning the Page on Rainforest Destruction: Children’s Books and the Future of Indonesia’s Rainforests (Photo credit: Rainforest Action Network)

In a sickening and sad turn of events, the government of Indonesia’s Aceh province has opened the door to commercial logging in its most high conservation value rainforests — home of critically endangered species. Despite the country’s (and Aceh’s own) moratorium on deforestation, spurred-on by Norway’s pledge of $1 billion to help stave-off global warming (yeah, how’s that going for us?), the head of Aceh’s parliament, known ominously by the one-word name, “Mr. Anwar,” says their “plan would reduce the total forest cover from about 68 per cent of the province’s land mass to 45 per cent.” That’s a whopping 23% of precious rainforest turned over to criminal, greedy corporations, like Asia Pulp and Paper and Sinar Mas.

Of course, most affected by this Indonesia deforestation (fiddling as the world burns in climate change gases), are the orangutans, rhinos and elephants, all of whom live in these low-lying forests marked for destruction.

Will the government of Indonesia in Jakarta come to the rescue (and all of the world, really, given the need to limit global warming gases)? The Ministry of Forestry for Indonesia has come out recently of being in favor of extending the deforestation moratorium, which expires in May 2013. Hopefully they’ll overrule this.

Read more here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/14/indonesia-forest-idUSL4N0AJ13520130114

But this is just disgraceful — but rather typical of the palm oil republic that Indonesia has become. You know it’s bad when the ex-“Green Governor” of Aceh Province, the Machiavellian Irwandi Yusuf — who was voted out last year due to his illegal and secret award of palm oil concessions in a protected area (!) to another criminal company, PT Kallista Alam, appears to be more environmentally friendly than his replacement, new (seemingly anti-green, pro-development) governor Zaini Abdullah.

Geezus, why can’t they just use already degraded land for business purposes? Oh, I know, because it costs too much to kick human inhabitants off that degraded land when compared to chopping down HCV forests.
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/environment/animals/extinction-risk-as-aceh-opens-forests-for-logging-20130114-2cpmr.html#ixzz2IGNyhKZv

Sign this petition now — and spread it around.

http://www.change.org/petitions/governor-of-aceh-save-1-2-million-hectares-of-aceh-rainforest

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6 Responses to Indonesia’s Aceh Province: Now Open for Logging. Say Goodbye to Orangutans

  1. Ryan says:

    Howdy from Australia – I came across your site. Like you I’m a huge fan of orangutans, elephants, in fact all wildlife, and it just makes me so mad and very sad when I read this article about Aceh last week. I’ve had a read through your blog, and it is AMAZING! Kudos and karma to you for caring so much about the environment, and wildlife. Truly amazing blog.
    I came across the article on the latest proposal by the Aceh government to open up logging again. I am in a state of complete anger, bewilderment and determination to do whatever I can to stop this.

    I’ve been busily trying to find online petitions (or thinking of creating my own), thinking through ideas of how to lobby the Norwegian government, members of Parliament in Indonesia, even the US government, RIchard Attenborough, Stephen Fry, Prince Charles (you may have seen his website – http://www.rainforestSOS.org. )…anyone that could be swayed to stop this opportunity for blatant destruction of what is left of Aceh’s forrests.

    Have you had any luck finding an online petition? Maybe we could get one happening…I want to make this viral and I want to stop the destruction of Aceh’s forrests!!

    We need to take action and let the World know about this…name, shame individuals, corporations until a decision is made not to proceed with the proposal, and a greater focus on re-forestation happens in Indonesia (along with Malaysia).

  2. Hey Ryan,

    Glad to find a kindred spirit! Thanks for the kind words. I love to know that somebody reads this — and feels what I write. 🙂

    I can’t seem to find a petition for this cause, per se, but here’s a good story that I found on Orangutan Outreach’s FB page.

    http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/top-indonesia-official-throws-weight-behind-keeping-forest-clearing-ban/566806

    The biggest need seems to be to find determind, courageous Indonesian government leaders who can stand up to the palm oil “mafia,” and all the corruption that goes along with these land concessions (See Irwandi Yusuf). Maybe this is a good sign in this article, though.

    As far as petititions are concerned, Orangutan Outreach also teamed up with Rainforest Action Network to create a petition of sorts to tell American TV media doctor (whore) Dr. Oz to recant his palm oil recommendation as a 2013 “miracle cure.” See my site for a link to that. That’s a start.

    I’m really afraid, though, that Indonesia has become a banana republic, with palm oil a stand-in for monoculture bananas. So long as the government (both local and federal) allow their graft, corruption and greed to prevail, it’ll be very hard to stop — as much as it makes the hearts of people like us sink.

  3. Rick says:

    Hi. Came across this blog while searching for news on the recent logging proposals over in Aceh.
    I just wish the rest of the World would wake up to what’s been going on in Southeast Asia environmentally. At least maybe a few people in Australia, like Ryan there, might have a clue because they are in that part of the World. For those of us who have been following the shocking relentless loss of tropical forests in Riau province and the rest of Sumatra one could only turn to Aceh for any hope lest there be nothing left of the environmental paradise-turned-wasteland that was Sumatra. But now, even that is gone. What? I believe fate will not rest until all of Indonesia is turned into a complete wasteland. REDD, you say? Okay, I’ll believe it when I see it.

    This island, Sumatra, in particular represents what I think is probably the biggest environmental disaster on this planet – a perfect storm, or horror story fit for Poe, if you will.

    To begin with, you have perhaps the most biodiverse area on the planet – a truly amazing place which to the least informed has the remarkable distinction of being the only place in the World where orangutans, rhinos, tigers and elephants co-exist but that’s just symbolic. In an even less than ideal World, such a unique place should without question be cherished and preserved as a living museum, you would think. After all, does anyone debate the value of Yellowstone or the Taj Mahal? But alas, There is no worse tragedy than an unrecognized one.

    Now the human element – it is far removed geographically and politically enough so that it doesn’t resonate with the West – out of sight, out of mind; so that’s a huge handicap of sorts.
    But it is close and significant enough to have important ties with emerging China, lucky them.
    Indonesia, a region more so than a country, both in efficacy and in definition, is provided with one of the worst. most corrupt governments in existence, a post-colonial jumble of decentralized local agencies and a remarkably impoverished populace. It provides the perfect setup for unrivaled natural resource exploitation which has indeed occurred but with especially remarkable villains to note. A noteworthy horrible environmental legacy left by dictator Suharto, which should be remembered in the same way that Hitler and Stalin is for what he did for our planet. This regime paved the way for some of the mightiest corporate land-rapers the planet has ever seen. Not many people know who Simar Mas Group is but their history might be on par with the Rockefellers, the Waltons and the Toyotas. They, among many other would be emulators, have amassed untold billions and cleared millions to provide us with the wonderful gifts of pulp, read common toilet paper, and enormous tons of carbon dumped into our air over the year, and yes,that savior of the World, palm oil, but at an amazingly high and transient price – permanent loss of one or more of the most essential ecosystems on Earth.

    And what would this picture be without a high profile NGO campaign disaster? Try WWF’s Tesso Nilo National Park programme in Riau province. Yep, the last remaining sizable lowland forest block in Sumatra, a most crucial remnant, since its founding in 2004, has been an utter failure. Despite much ballyhoo, 40% of the park is already gone to squatters. On a grander scale, will Leuser be next?

    Following environmental progress in Sumatra will turn the most sympathetic conservationist into a hardened cynic.

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Indonesia’s Aceh Province: Now Open for Logging. Say Goodbye to Orangutans

Turning the Page on Rainforest Destruction: Ch...

Turning the Page on Rainforest Destruction: Children’s Books and the Future of Indonesia’s Rainforests (Photo credit: Rainforest Action Network)

In a sickening and sad turn of events, the government of Indonesia’s Aceh province has opened the door to commercial logging in its most high conservation value rainforests — home of critically endangered species. Despite the country’s (and Aceh’s own) moratorium on deforestation, spurred-on by Norway’s pledge of $1 billion to help stave-off global warming (yeah, how’s that going for us?), the head of Aceh’s parliament, known ominously by the one-word name, “Mr. Anwar,” says their “plan would reduce the total forest cover from about 68 per cent of the province’s land mass to 45 per cent.” That’s a whopping 23% of precious rainforest turned over to criminal, greedy corporations, like Asia Pulp and Paper and Sinar Mas.

Of course, most affected by this Indonesia deforestation (fiddling as the world burns in climate change gases), are the orangutans, rhinos and elephants, all of whom live in these low-lying forests marked for destruction.

Will the government of Indonesia in Jakarta come to the rescue (and all of the world, really, given the need to limit global warming gases)? The Ministry of Forestry for Indonesia has come out recently of being in favor of extending the deforestation moratorium, which expires in May 2013. Hopefully they’ll overrule this.

Read more here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/14/indonesia-forest-idUSL4N0AJ13520130114

But this is just disgraceful — but rather typical of the palm oil republic that Indonesia has become. You know it’s bad when the ex-“Green Governor” of Aceh Province, the Machiavellian Irwandi Yusuf — who was voted out last year due to his illegal and secret award of palm oil concessions in a protected area (!) to another criminal company, PT Kallista Alam, appears to be more environmentally friendly than his replacement, new (seemingly anti-green, pro-development) governor Zaini Abdullah.

Geezus, why can’t they just use already degraded land for business purposes? Oh, I know, because it costs too much to kick human inhabitants off that degraded land when compared to chopping down HCV forests.
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/environment/animals/extinction-risk-as-aceh-opens-forests-for-logging-20130114-2cpmr.html#ixzz2IGNyhKZv

Sign this petition now — and spread it around.

http://www.change.org/petitions/governor-of-aceh-save-1-2-million-hectares-of-aceh-rainforest

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