Sarawak to Protect Population of Rarest Orangutan Sub-species

The government of Sarawak says it will protect a population of up to 200 of the world’s rarest Bornean orangutans recently identified during field surveys by conservationists, reports the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).  Read more below.  Read more from Mongabay Learn more about biodiversity and forest policy in Borneo   ...

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Conservationists Urge Palm Oil Firm to Cease Rainforest Destruction After Starving Orangutans Rescued From Concession

International Animal Rescue Indonesia (IAR Indonesia) and government conservation staff rescued orangutans from Borneo rainforest that was being bulldozed to make way for palm oil. IAR Indonesia urges the company, a member of the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), to stop clearing so that further rescue of remaining...

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Brunei Aims to Combat Climate Change

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: In addressing climate change and its impacts, Brunei Darussalam believes that there is a need to strike a balance between economic growth, social development and environmental protection that forms the very foundation of sustainable development, Borneo Bulletin reported.   Brunei continues to integrate and mainstream environmental dimensions into...

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RSPO Fails to Act as Muara Tae is Destroyed

LONDON: The credibility of the international Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has been called into question over its failure to act against a company bulldozing ancestral forests and perpetrating human rights abuses in Indonesia. First Resources Ltd has submitted documents to the RSPO falsely claiming that its subsidiary PT Borneo Surya...

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Oil Palm Plantations Replacing Indonesian Forests at Alarming Rate

A paper published this week in Nature Climate Change confirms that expansion of oil palm plantations in Indonesia is destroying the country’s rainforests while simultaneously increasing global carbon emissions.  The study, led by Yale and Stanford University researchers, used Landsat satellite analyses to discern multiple land covers, coupled with above-and below-ground carbon accounting. The study...

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Despite Moratorium, Indonesia’s Peatland Forests Continue to be Destroyed

In 2011, Indonesia agreed to establish a deforestation moratorium as part of its reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) agreement with Norway.  Indonesia’s deforestation rate is among the highest in the world, threatening the native wildlife and indigenous communities that live there.  Under the agreement, Norway would provide up...

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A New Population of Wild Orangutans Found!

In a recent survey led by Forest Department Sarawak (FDS) under the Heart of Borneo (HoB) initiative, a new wild population of orangutans was found outside a national park or sanctuary. Before the discovery, the population of wild orangutans in the state was previously believed to be between 1,200 to...

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The Language of Orangutans

An exciting study on how orangutans communicate was recently published on May 7 by a team led by Dr. Serge Wich of the University of Zurich. Their work suggests that the way humans learn a language is possibly inherited from our ape ancestors. This study also suggests for the first...

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