I am an Orangutan and
my habitat is in Sumatra
Orangutans may lose
nearly all their tropical
forest habitat within 15
years, unless urgent action
is taken now, to end
rampant illegal logging.
In 2006, Indonesia had the world's
highest deforestation rate.
Preliminary figures indicate that the
nation may have lost more than
30,000 square kilometres of forest --
one of the largest areas of forest loss
Greenhouse gas emissions
released from burning and
forest conversion have
made Indonesia the third
largest contributor to
Tanjung Puting National Park in
southern Kalimantan on the island of
Borneo is 400,000 hectares and the
largest protected expanse of coastal
tropical heath and peat swamp forest in
It's also one of the biggest remaining
habitats for the critically endangered
Oil palm has become the
world's number one fruit
crop, trouncing its nearest
competitor, the humble
Over the past five years, logging
of rainforests in Borneo and
Sumatra has accelerated for
timber harvesting and oil palm
plantations used for producing
palm oil, an increasingly
important source of biofuel.
Western consumers are directly
fuelling the destruction of
orangutan habitat and sensitive
ecosystems as oil-palm plantations
now cover millions of hectares
Malaysia and Indonesia.
The UN report, titled
"The last stand of the orangutan:
State of emergency",
estimates that more than 73
percent of all logging in
Indonesia is illegal and that illicit
logging is now taking place, in 37
of the country's 41 national parks.
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