Orang Utans (“Forest People”) face greater threat by illegal logging …

Illegal logging in Cambodia.
Illegal logging in Cambodia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Illegal rosewood stockpiles in Antala...
English: Illegal rosewood stockpiles in Antalaha, Madagascar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Illegally logged rosewood from Masoal...
English: Illegally logged rosewood from Masoala and Marojejy in Antalaha, Madagascar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Illegal harvesting of rosewood inside...
English: Illegal harvesting of rosewood inside Masoala National Park (October 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Illegal logging in the Cardamom Mountain, Koh ...
Illegal logging in the Cardamom Mountain, Koh Kong Province, Cambodia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


  Orangutans ‘face greater threat’ –  an older article, but still important:

                  Illegal logging is destroying forests in South-East Asia quicker than had been feared, with dire implications for orangutans, a UN report has said.                  

The practice threatens many other species in the region, the United Nations Environment Programme says.

If no action is taken, the report says, 98% of forests on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo may be gone by 2022.

This would have serious consequences for local people and wildlife including rhinos, tigers and elephants.

                  “The situation is now acute for the orangutans,” the authors wrote.

“The rapid rate of removal of food trees, killing of orangutans displaced by logging and plantation development, and fragmentation of remaining intact forest, constitutes a conservation emergency.”

The rate of loss has accelerated in the past five years. The present projection of 2022 for the disappearance of most suitable orangutan habitat outstrips a Unep report which came up with an estimate of 2032.

                  ‘Smuggled timber’                  

Unep blamed a shadowy network of multinational firms for increasingly targeting Indonesian national parks as one of the few remaining sources of commercial timber supplies.

Indonesia made a plea for Western consumers to reject smuggled timber.

“We are appealing today to the conscience of the whole world: do not buy uncertified wood,” said Rachmat Witoelar, Indonesia’s environment minister.

He said illegal logging was ravaging 37 of his country’s 41 national parks, and now accounted for more than 73% of all logging in Indonesia.

“It is not being done by individual impoverished people, but by well-organised elusive commercial networks,” said Achim Steiner, head of Unep.

Indonesia’s government has deployed its military on at least three occasions in recent years to confiscate timber and chase loggers out of its parks – and has begun training quick response ranger teams to police protected areas.

                  Habitat loss                  

But experts say the new units remain crippled by a lack of funds, vehicles, weapons and equipment, and face a huge threat from ruthless loggers, who are often protected by heavily armed militia commanded by foreign mercenaries.

Combined with forest fires, encroachment by farmers on their dwindling habitat and poaching, illegal logging is having a devastating impact on orangutans, which once numbered hundreds of thousands across South-East Asia.

The UN report, compiled using new satellite images and Indonesian government data, said orangutan habitat was being lost 30% quicker than was previously feared.

It was estimated in 2002 that there were about 60,000 of the primates left in the jungles of Borneo and Sumatra. Some ecologists say the number has now been halved.

A month ago, the European Union and Indonesia agreed to negotiate a pact aimed at ending illegal logging by providing guarantees forest products imported to the EU are verified as legal. The EU is the third largest market for Indonesian timber after China and the US.

The US and Indonesia signed a similar pact last year. But experts say the amount of investment in the logging companies from the industrialised world vastly outstrips donor efforts to help Jakarta combat the illegal practice.

Story from BBC NEWS: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/science/nature/6337107.stm
Published: 2007/02/06 22:37:22 GMT
© BBC 2013

The terrible fate of Raja the baby elephant chained and held hostage and held by an angry mog: An image that will haunt you and a story that will enrage you!

The terrible fate of Raja the baby elephant, chained and held hostage by an  angry mob: An image that will haunt you and a story that will enrage  you

  • In this  shocking expose the Duchess of Cornwall‘s brother reveals how baby elephant Raja  was shockingly mistreated as he was kept captive in Sumatra. Following the  deforestation of the land to produce palm oil, elephants have been forced to  live with humans, destroying farms, flattening houses and sometimes killing  people. Villagers took Raja, and demanded compensation after his family ruined  crops in the area.


By  Mark Shand

PUBLISHED: 21:02 GMT, 29  June 2013 |  UPDATED: 09:45 GMT, 2 July 2013

In all the 30 years I have been working in  Asian elephant conservation, I thought I had seen it all – blatant corruption,  the rape and total disregard of our beautiful planet and sickening wildlife  atrocities, to name but a few. All due to the most dangerous animal of all: homo  sapiens.

Not much shocks me any more, but something  happened in recent weeks that shook me to the core when the charity Elephant  Family and the Ecologist Film Unit set out to document the environmental  genocide that is out of control on the island of Sumatra,   Indonesia.

Sumatra is special to me because I spent a  lot of time there on expeditions when I was younger. It was a paradise – vast  pristine forests, intact coral reefs and abundant wildlife.

Scroll down  for Video and photographs (please, go to O-link)

Raja is a male baby elephant found in north Aceh, villagers found him roaming community plantation and held him captive

Raja is a male baby elephant found in north Aceh,  villagers found him roaming community plantation and held him captive


All this has changed now and their elephants  are the most endangered on the planet. In a single generation, the population  has been cut in half, with countless other animals disappearing at breakneck  speed.

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