I have just received an e-mail from the Sumatran Orangutan Society regarding “plans to carve up the irreplaceable Leuser Ecosystem with new roads, plantations and gold mines.” The web site’s related campaign page, Conservation Emergency in Aceh, Sumatra, states:
Earlier this year, more than a million people around the world signed a petition calling on the Governor of Aceh province in Sumatra to abandon plans to carve up the irreplaceable Leuser Ecosystem with new roads, plantations and gold mines. These forests are the last stronghold for Sumatran orangutans, tigers elephants and rhinos, as well as providing crucial ecological services to more than 4 million people in Aceh.
Campaigners in Sumatra have been working around the clock all year to delay the plans until such time as the Aceh government could be convinced to re-consider. It has now become apparent that the decision will be made this month – so we only have a matter of days to ensure that the new spatial plan for Aceh is rejected.
ACT NOW: Please sign the petition today, and please ask everyone in your networks to do the same.
Please sign the petition and spread the word. Thank you.
The Sumatran elephant is on the brink of extinction: within a single generation they have lost half of their population. Their one big glimmer of hope is Aceh Province but Indonesia’s Ministry of Forestry is close to accepting a proposal which would open Aceh’s pristine forest for mining, logging, and palm oil production.