Petition updates: URGENT SUPPORT NEEDED TO SAVE THE ORANGUTANS OF THE LEUSER ECOSYSTEM!

Dear Friends of Aceh’s Forests,

I’m writing to thank you for your continued help in safeguarding the Leuser Ecosystem and to ask you to support our new urgent petition. Please sign and share today!

http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/president-susilo-bambang-yudhoyono-cancel-aceh-s-illegal-spatial-plan

Last year you helped create a wave of public protest against the destruction of the Tripa peat swamp forests in the Leuser Ecosystem. At the same time Indonesia was inundated with the positive message from supporters, scientists and economists all around the world that the Leuser Ecosystem deserves full recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (1).

Thanks to your continued support, we finally saw a major win in January when one of the palm oil companies illegally burning Tripa was prosecuted and received fines and reparation costs of over US$30 million. This was a historic ruling in Indonesia and sets a crucial precedent for future legal battles to protect Indonesia’s forests (2).

Unfortunately this precedent may need to be relied upon sooner rather than later. The Aceh Parliament recently passed a spatial plan by-law that entirely ignores the protected status of the entire Leuser Ecosystem in order to open it up for palm oil, logging, mining and roads. If Indonesia’s central government does not cancel this illegal spatial plan then we will be facing a legal battle not only for Tripa peat swamp forests but for the entire 2.2 million hectares of the Leuser Ecosystem that lies within Aceh.

If President SBY allows this spatial plan by-law to go through, the vast magnificent forests of the Leuser Ecosystem will be destroyed.

But there is a chance to turn things around before the fires are lit in the Leuser Ecosystem.

The Indonesian Ministry of Domestic affairs has submitted a strong evaluation of the by-law and asked Aceh to revise it so that it protects the Leuser Ecosystem. Now is also election time in Indonesia, and the current Indonesian president would prefer to leave a legacy of progress in environmental protection and sustainable development than to be remembered as the president who allowed the destruction of the most significant tropical rainforest remnant in Southeast Asia.

We’ve just learnt that the Aceh Parliament plans to ignore the central government’s request for revisions and go ahead with the forest conversion. Therefore President SBY must cancel the by-law now otherwise we face the very real threat of losing Sumatran orangutans, rhinos, elephants and tigers for good. 

If enough of us show our support for the cancellation of this illegal Aceh by-law, it cannot be allowed to just pass quietly through.

We have already had positive feedback on the petition from stakeholders and it is part of a much broader strategy, but to ensure we can achieve our goal to protect and restore the Leuser Ecosystem, we really need a global outrage. Please sign and share the link widely. I thank you in advance.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/12/27/your-letters-open-letter-aceh-governor.html

http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0109-aceh-tripa-court-decision.html

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

1.   Share the petition through every social media network you have: http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/president-susilo-bambang-yudhoyono-cancel-aceh-s-illegal-spatial-plan

2. Tweet this news (tag Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Indonesia’s Domestic Affairs Minister (Mr Gamawan Fauzi) with the respective tags: @presidenSBY, @GamawanFauzi

Some suggested tweets:

Save the last place on Earth for Sumatran orangutans, rhinos, elephants and tigers http://chn.ge/1gK1VOb @presidenSBY, @GamawanFauzi

Indonesia pls stand by wise decision on spatial plan for the sake of Aceh’s forest http://chn.ge/1gK1VOb @presidenSBY, @GamawanFauzi

Encourage the Indonesian Govt to cancel Aceh’s spatial plan and protect the Leuser Ecosytem http://chn.ge/1gK1VOb@presidenSBY, @GamawanFauzi

The spatial plan violates National Law. Call on Jakarta Central Govt to protect Leuser! http://chn.ge/1gK1VOb @SBYudhoyono, @GamawanFauzi

The law has been broken and Aceh’s people ignored. SBY please reject Aceh’s spatial plan http://chn.ge/1gK1VOb@presidenSBY, @GamawanFauzi

Save Aceh communities from flashfloods. The Jakarta Govt can stop the spatial plan http://chn.ge/1gK1VOb @presidenSBY, @GamawanFauzi

Cancel the Aceh spatial plan or Sumatran orangutans & rhinos will risk extinction http://chn.ge/1gK1VOb @presidenSBY, @GamawanFauzi

The Leuser Ecosystem protects Aceh’s people from deadly floods. SBY, stop the spatial plan http://chn.ge/1gK1VOb@presidenSBY, @GamawanFauzi

Sincerest thanks again for all your support in the push to protect the Leuser Ecosystem! #TheLastPlaceOnEarth

Kind regards from Aceh,

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Tripa peat swamps, once hosting the largest density of orangutan population in the world are now being exterminated by palm oil company working illegally. The last bits of the peat swamp forest are being smashed and sumatran orangutan are forced towards local extinction. are we witnessing the end of the icons? what are we doing about it?

2 responses to “Petition updates: URGENT SUPPORT NEEDED TO SAVE THE ORANGUTANS OF THE LEUSER ECOSYSTEM!”

  1. Katie Chalmers says :

    Please, this petition is also getting much attention. I will sign them all, but let’s get this one out there too. We cannot do enough to save Sumatra. http://www.avaaz.org/en/aceh_rainforest_petition_loc/

  2. benja thongnamsup says :

    they r friend

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