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Orangutan Transboundary Action Plan must be honoured

 | August 19, 2014

WWF-Malaysia and WWF-Indonesia are calling out to timber companies to help strengthen Orangutan conservation.

189109-orangutan-brushing-teethKUCHING & JAKARTA: WWF-Malaysia and WWF-Indonesia are making an impassioned plea to timber companies and their relevant stakeholders to help strengthen Orangutan conservation in Borneo’s transboundary corridor.

With 19 August declared as World Orangutan Day, WWF-Malaysia CEO, Dionysius Sharma stressed the need to develop ecological connectivity for wildlife movement and secure good standing forest in the Heart of Borneo.

Among the spots he highlighted for ecological connectivity was the Batang Ai National Park and the Lanjak Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary in Sarawak. He also listed the Betung Kerihun National Park in Kalimantan as an important area for conservation.

“We call on companies to adopt the Orangutan Transboundary Action Plan where Orangutans occur in these protected areas, next to logging concession areas,” he explained.

In West Kalimantan, 70 per cent of the Orangutan population in Betung Kerihun National Park is located in transboundary areas, bordering Malaysia’s Lanjak Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary.

“This highlights the importance of collaboration between the two countries in protecting the species,” said WWF-Indonesia CEO, Dr.Efransjah.

The Bornean Orangutan is on the verge of extinction, being currently listed in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Over the past 20 years, the Orangutans have lost 55 per cent of their habitat to forest conversion for agriculture, mining and settlements.

In 2004, only 54,000 Orangutans were estimated to still occupy the lowland tropics of Indonesia and Malaysia.

In 2005, the Sarawak Forest Department established the Orangutan Transboundary Action Plan, which serves to protect the welfare of these primates in the Heart of Borneo, formed by fragmented forests in the states of Sabah and Sarawak and Kalimantan, Indonesia.


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