Fires raging in peat forest at center of legal case in Indonesia

mongabay.com
March 27, 2012

Fires in Tripa.
Fires in Tripa.

Fires are burning in a peat forest that is the center of contentious court case.

77 “hotspots” have been detected in Tripa peat swamp, including fires set in an oil palm concession granted by Aceh Governor Irwandi Yusuf to PT. Kallista Alam last August. The plantation is currently facing a legal challenge by local communities and a coalition of environmental groups known as WAHLI, which contend the concession was granted in an area of protected forest and further violated a moratorium on peatlands conversion.

The fires suggest that PT. Kallista Alam is moving ahead with forest clearing despite the legal challenge.WAHLI fears that continued conversion, degradation, and fragmentation of Tripa will drive the ecosystem’s population of orangutans to extinction. Surveys have Tripa has one of the highest densities of critically endangered Sumatran Orangutans.The fires will be the subject of a press conference taking place Wednesday in Jakarta.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 12.00 – 14.00 WIB Graha Cemara Building, Graha Room, 3rd Floor,
Jl. Wahid Hasyim no. 80
Jakarta
RSVP
Deddy – Walhi / Friends of the Earth Indoensia (+62 81250807757)
Yuyun – Greenpeace (CellPhone: 0812 2616 1759)

Fires in Tripa.
Fires in Tripa.
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The Leuser Ecosystem on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia is in grave danger. Local politicians want to allow logging, mining and palm oil plantations in this vulnerable area. Sumatran orangutans, rhinos, elephants and tigers are already hanging on by a thread. They will not survive the destruction of the Leuser Ecosystem.

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