first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Additional reporting by Basten Gokkon. Editor’s note: One of the quotes attributed to Wiratno, the director-general, has been adjusted to reflect a translation gaffe. What he meant to emphasize was his willingness to cooperate with the police through the sharing of information, in order to strengthen law enforcement in response to the illegal wildlife trade. Banner image: A young orangutan in Kalimantan. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay. FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.center_img Article published by mongabayauthor The finding is part of a new report led by the Indonesian government.The study confirms that orangutan populations have plunged over the past decade.It recommends several strategies for protecting the primates, including working with plantation companies to preserve forests within lands they have been licensed to develop. Four fifths of wild orangutans in Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of Borneo, live outside national parks and other protected areas, according to a new study by the Indonesian government.The study, called the 2016 Orangutan Population and Habitat Viability Assessment, was led by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. Released last month, it is the third of its kind, with the last one done in 2004.The study confirms that orangutan populations have plummeted as their forest habitats continue to be flattened by the expansion of industry. So too has an illegal pet trade taken its toll on remaining populations. The study estimates that 57,350 critically endangered Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) remain in Kalimantan. That’s 13-47 individuals per 100 square kilometers, down from around 45-76 in 2004.If an orangutan’s habitat isn’t protected by the government, it usually falls within a vast tract of land allocated to one or more logging, plantation or mining companies. Some firms try to conserve stretches or fragments of forest within their concessions, while others simply clear it. By contrast to their Bornean cousins, some 65 percent of orangutans on Indonesia’s main western island of Sumatra, the only other place where the primates are found, live inside protected areas.The study’s finding is expected to influence the way stakeholders protect Bornean orangutans, with additional focus on how to do so outside conservation zones.In a joint statement with Forum Orangutan Indonesia, a coalition of groups that participated in the study, the ministry called for “more serious efforts” to protect orangutans whose forest habitats lie within company lands. Other strategies identified by the report for mitigating threats to Bornean orangutans include slowing or stopping deforestation and strengthening law enforcement.Orangutans are protected under Indonesian law, banned from being traded or kept as pets. But many ignore this rule, and the pet trade appears to be flourishing.A Sumatran orangutan in the Leuser Ecosystem. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.Orangutans live primarily in trees, so much so that adults rarely ever touch the ground. So it’s no wonder that deforestation is the main driver of their population decline.The “fragmentation” of forests in particular has various harmful impacts on the apes, according to an ongoing study by John Abernethy, a doctoral student in conservation biology at Liverpool John Moores University.When shrinking habitats force orangutans to cluster together, it “increases the chance of disease transmission and negative social interaction,” he said in an interview. “Orangutans remaining in the same area longer increases chance of predation, poaching and parasite infection.”Deforestation also leads to the creation of “forest islands,” which are too small to support an orangutan population. Orangutans caught in them usually starve to death or wander into human settlements in search of food, a dangerous venture.To address deforestation, the report said there should be no forest clearing within lands held by wood and oil palm plantation companies.Jamartin Sihite, CEO of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, called for an end to the destruction of the creatures’ forest homes. “It causes orangutans to get thrown out of their habitat into rehabilitation centers,” he said. “We have to be courageous in aiming for rehabilitation centers to close, not increase in number.”Six baby orangutans from left: Lala, Svenja, Fathia, Meryl, Madara, Syahrini playing on the ground at Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation in Nyaru Menteng, Central Kalimantan. Photo by Bjorn Vaugn for BOSF/Greenpeace.The report said companies should be held responsible for protecting orangutans within their concessions, rather than moving them elsewhere.As plantations encroach on the habitat of Bornean orangutans, the traditional approach has been to rescue them from company lands, rehabilitate them in special facilites and then release them into protected forests.As the Borneo’s rainforests shrink, however, conservationists are running out of places to put the apes, and rehabilitation centers are growing more crowded.“There’s not much forest left,” said Uyung, head of WWF-Indonesia’s orangutan program.Companies should protect orangutans found in their concessions, not evacuate them, said Uyung, who uses one name. The report said relocation should be a last resort, with the company paying for it in the event that it is necessary.To follow up on the report, the government will find out the exact locations of where orangutans live outside protected areas, according to Wiratno, the ministry’s director-general for ecosystem and natural resource conservation.“I am asking for the data of where orangutans live,” he said at a press briefing in Jakarta. “If they live in timber plantation areas, which concessions? If they live in palm oil plantations, who own them? We will ask for cooperation from [companies] to save orangutans trapped in their areas.”He also stressed that enforcement against poaching must improve. “We could meet with the chief of the national police and law enforcers in the attorney general’s office,” Wiratno said. “They don’t know about orangutans. So we could talk to them about this commitment [to protect orangutans].”The report also recommended that island, provincial and district land-use plans be revised to mainstream orangutan conservation and synchronize policy and regulation among ministries. Animals, Apes, Biodiversity, Conservation, Endangered, Environment, Environmental Law, Environmental Policy, Great Apes, Habitat Destruction, Habitat Loss, Law Enforcement, Mammals, Poaching, Primates, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation last_img read more