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.
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
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- Extinction risk as Aceh opens forests for logging (endoftheicons.wordpress.com)
- Palm Oil company PT Kallista Alam fails to show in court case filed by Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment over destruction of world renowned Sumatran Orangutan stronghold, the Tripa Peat Swamp Forest. (endoftheicons.wordpress.com)