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March 2011 - Help protect Sumatran organutan, tiger & elephants      

Help protect organ-utan, elephant, and tiger habitats in sumatra

HSI has been supporting forest protection work in the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park and surrounds in Sumatra since 2009. The area is not only important as a tropical lowland forest refuge for critical populations of Sumatran orangutan, elephants and rhinoceros, but is also a Global Priority Tiger Conservation Landscape. The program, working through the Australian Orangutan Project, is based on the success of Wildlife Protection Units. 

As well as supporting direct action on the ground through the Wildlife Protection Units, HSI, with the Australian Orangutan Project and other conservation organisations, has been writing to the Indonesian Government, asking that they give full and better protection to the Park, and there have been some positive responses.

Today, of the approximately 320,000 hectares of natural forest in the Bukit Tigapuluh landscape, only 130,000 hectares are protected in the National Park and the majority of the unprotected forests are licensed to be cleared to produce pulp and paper. Even the National Park is under threat from illegal encroachment.

We are extremely concerned that companies associated with Asia Pulp & Paper/Sinar Mas Group plan to clear the largest portion of natural forest remaining outside the National Park, also causing huge carbon emissions and negative impacts on the indigenous tribes. We also fear the local Sumatran elephant populations will become locally extinct without this forest.


It is extremely important that you write to the Indonesia Government and politely ask them to protect these precious forests.

You could say that:

' The international community applauds your Government' s conservation efforts, and Indonesia should rightly be proud of this strong commitment to protection of tropical forests. In the spirit of that commitment, we urge you to halt the proposed imminent clearance of natural forest in the Bukit Tigapuluh ecosystem to produce pulp and paper, and instead to place this forest into an expanded National Park or Ecosystem Restoration Concessions' .

Mr. Zulkifli Hasan, SE., MM
The Minister of Forestry
Republic of Indonesia
Gedung Manggala Wanabakti Blok I Lt. 4
Jalan Gatot Subroto
Senayan Jakarta
Indonesia 10270

Primo Alui Joelianto
Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia
8 Darwin Avenue
Yarralumla ACT 2600

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