We are writing to and 9 other major international institutions with an invitation to lend your voice to a positive campaign to improve the protection and management of the Leuser Ecosystem (KEL) in Aceh, Sumatra. By faxing the attached letter, to the Governor Aceh, and the provided contact list in attachment, you will greatly emphasise the full list of recipients. In addition we hope this action will gain media attention and act as a catalyst for garnering further support for this campaign.
The attached letter urges the Governor of Aceh to nominate KEL to become a new UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS). You are likely aware of the recent Science article (Le Saout et al., 2013) in which KEL was identified as one of the world’s foremost exceptionally irreplaceable areas for the conservation of threatened species. KEL is already recognized as a protected area under National law in Indonesia, not least due to its critical ecological services to communities, agriculture and industry. A nomination for World Heritage status would build upon this national and international recognition.
You may also be aware of the controversial spatial plan proposed by Aceh Parliament which received a great deal of media attention this year. Recently we have learned that a ‘Pergub’ has also been drafted: a Governors Law on KEL that would ‘legalize’ widespread damage to the critically important lowlands of the NE in particular. This is currently being aggressively pursued in order to push it through before the end of the year, disregarding calls by experts to wait for environmental sensitivity analyses of these irreplaceable areas.
A united positive message from the international scientific community now would therefore be extremely timely. Receiving a large volume of signed faxes from scientists and leading international institutions will highlight the incompatibility of a nomination for World Heritage status with the current Aceh spatial plan and impress upon the Governor of Aceh the fact that our community is paying close attention to the management and protection of this area.
The letter is addressed to the Governor of Aceh and we also ask you to fax the letter to various overseas embassies and the donor/aid community in an attempt to highlight a better way forward for Aceh. The aim is to create a situation in which these organisations can support the Aceh Government with technical expertise and funding to create and implement a scientifically sound spatial plan. A viable plan will maintain the biodiversity and environmental function of Aceh’s forests (e.g., water resources, mitigation of natural disasters), whilst maximising the opportunities for long-term sustainable economic development for Aceh.
We appreciate the effort required to send these as fax, but emails alone risk being drowned out in a “wave of protest” as we also have 4 public email petitions supporting this WHS nomination in preparation. By sending this as fax is separates this action from the easy click petitions, and highlights the importance of this action. Therefore, if you are willing to put your name to the attached letter, we ask that you aim for the highest impact possible and fax it as soon as possible to the list below. The costs of faxing are only manageable shared between us all.
Please find list of contacts and fax numbers in an attachment at the bottom of this post.
If you cannot fax from your institution’s fax machine, here is a link with methods to fax from your computer if you have a landline attached, or by using online services*: http://www.wikihow.com/Fax-Without-Using-a-Fax-Machine
(*Note that you will need to sign up for a 30 day free trial to use some free online fax services, be sure to cancel if you don’t wish to pay a monthly subscription fee beyond that).
Please email a scan of your letter letting us know that you have taken this action to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We appreciate you sharing this email with your networks.
Ian Singleton1 and Rudi Putra2
1Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme
2Future for Nature Award Winner (2013)
sample letter from GRASP letter Aceh Governor
DONT LET THIS HAPPEN, SIGN THIS PETITION:
Aceh is preparing to open over 1.2 million hectares of protected forest for the development of mines, plantations, roads, logging and palm oil expansion.
Aceh government and Ministry of Forestry has deny this, but what they are not telling is the complete truth. Aceh government still plan to sacrifice thousands of hectares of protected forest for logging concessions, revive “Ladia Galaska” roading projects that has been shut down in the past due to legal and environmental reasons, and release nearly a million hectare of protected forest to East Asia Mineral, a canadian mining company who will strip Aceh forest and turn it into big hole on the ground that release tons of toxic chemicals in the rivers.
PLEASE DONT LET THIS HAPPEN, SIGN THIS PETITION:
Act now! This is URGENT and it must be stopped.
MORE – http://www.sumatranorangutan.org
DONATE – http://www.sumatranorangutan.org
SIGN – http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Save_Sumatras_Rainforest/?cLRqweb
If there are enough signatures in the next 14 hours, Avaaz will share this petition with more of their 20 million members, this could be HUGE! but we have to act FAST.
Please sign, then share this petition everywhere, facebook, twitter, email and every other creative way you can think, this is a huge change to Save Aceh!
URGENT CALL FOR ACTION – 4 day “fax-a-thon” to save beyond 1.2 million hectares of forest in Aceh Province, Sumatra
Aceh is preparing to open over 1, 2 million hectares of protected forest to make way for mining, plantations, roads, logging and palm oil expansion. Its the equivalent of forest 17 times the size of Singapore, yet the Aceh government is currently fast-tracking new law for the spatial plan, and this new spatial plan will legitimize the disaster of destroying the last of Sumatra’s great forests, and laying the final blow to the Sumatran Rhinos, Elephants, Orangutans and Tigers once roaming Sumatran forest to become something only found in Zoos or history books.
The chairman of Aceh Parliament spatial planning committee, Tgk. Anwar recently told the Sydney Morning Herald that the proposed plan would reduce Aceh total forest cover from its existing coverage of 68% of Aceh total land area to merely 45%, representing the destruction of around 1,2 million hectare, including the entire Tripa Peat Swamp Swamp, major parts of Leuser Ecosystem which is also protected under National Spatial Planning Law 26/2007 juncto Government Regulation 26/2008, and areas within the UNESCO World Heritage Tropical Forests of Sumatra.
This planned destruction is the result of a ‘perfect storm’ of planning failures. Firstly, the end of the ‘Norway Moratorium’ protecting Primary Forest and Peat Swamp, secondly the cancellation of ‘Moratorium on logging’ initiated by former governor Irwandi.
Tgk. Anwar, in his interview with the Sydney Morning Herald on Jan 15, 2013 have stated “The nature of the logging moratorium is that its temporary, so it can be revoked anytime” – validating the destructive path Aceh government is going to take on its forest protection. The two events (end of Norway Moratorium and Moratorium on logging), combined with huge reduction in forest protection designation, meaning forest area previously protected for their natural ecological services, such as preventing landslides and mitigating floods, will now be opened for massive land clearing to make way for mining, plantations, roads, logging and palm oil expansion.
The academic advisor for Aceh Governor, Dr. Irfan, has stated in the Sydney Morning Herald on Jan 15, 2013 that with the new spatial plan, “there will be more areas given for the people”. Alarmingly, areas that are proposed for ‘community plantation and settlement’ are areas currently protected with the status of wildlife corridors. This means, community are being sacrificed and human-wildlife conflict will happen more frequently at escalating scale. At the same time, it also means that the iconic megfauna of Sumatra, including Tigers, Elephant, Rhinos and Orangutan will be pushed closer to extinction.
We are asking YOU, to voice this concern to the Governor of Aceh Zaini Abdullah and the Vice Governor of Aceh Muzakkir Manaf to reconsider pushing such destruction onto their province, and also to ask the donor representatives of the world, who have invested so much already to the protection of Aceh forest, to assist with the funding and technical support for the Aceh government to revisit and revise this potential disaster. European Union has expressed interest to assist Aceh to keep protecting its forest, let them know you care too!
Attached below is downloadable .pdf file that needs your personal or organizational signature, please print, sign and fax this document to these numbers:
Governor of Aceh: +62-651-7553048
Presidential Working Unit for Supervision and Control of Development: +62-21-2314147
Anti Corruption Commission: +62-21-5290 5592
Key International Embassy:
Embassy of Sweden : +62-21-5762691
Embassy of Norway : +62-21-5761537 or Fax: + 62-21-2965 0001
Embassy of Denmark : +62-21-5761535
Embassy of Finland : +62-21-5761631 or Fax: +62-361-287242
UNESCO: +33-1-45 68 55 70
We have seen and heard the comments from the good folks who have tried to fax but had problems. What we’ve found is two of the numbers to the Governors office remained problematic, but the one left worked each time.
The embassy fax numbers didn’t work everytime, but did sometimes. We’ve unable to explain why sometimes it does, and sometimes it doesn’t. But we do know the embassy team is one of our strongest allies at the moment, and every fax they get strenghtens their argument next time they meet with the Governernor that he needs to stop the spatial plan, and review the advisors he has to start the process again to ensure the protected areas get full protection!
The rainforests are the lungs of our planet and must be protected. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently determined that palm oil should not be included in the Renewable Fuel Standard, because palm oil causes the most pollution due to the clearing and burning dense rainforests, many of them on carbon-rich peatland, for oil palm plantations.
The palm oil industry is vigorously attacking EPA’s conclusion, alleging it’s based on inaccurate assumptions and data. It doesn’t want it used to disqualify palm oil-based fuels from the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).
The industry has hired lobbying companies like Holland & Knight to overturn EPA’s preliminary finding that palm-based biofuels don’t meet the greenhouse gas standards of the federal renewable auto fuels mandate.
Indonesia is the world’s biggest palm oil producer. The widespread deforestation for new plantations has made Indonesia the world’s third biggest global warming polluter and has led to the killing of endangered species like orang utans.
Next week an EPA delegation will visit a palm oil plantation on Sumatra island and then meet the Indonesian agriculture minister, Gamal Nasir. Regarding this visit, it is extremely important to make the EPA aware of the environmental hazards caused by the cultivation of palm oil.
Please tell the EPA to stand by their decision that palm-based biofuels don’t meet the greenhouse gas standards of the federal renewable auto fuels mandate!
- By 2020, Indonesian palm oil plantations will release more CO2 than Canada (energybulletin.net)
- U.S. officials to visit Indonesia for palm oil emissions talks (reuters.com)
- [Off-the-shelf] Children of the Sunshine Industry: Child Labor and Workers’ Condition in Oil Palm Plantations in Caraga-CTUHR (hronlineph.com)
- Palm Oil Seen Clearing Tropical Forest in Borneo in Yale Study – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- Stop the EPA From Including Palm Oil in BioFuel Standards! (gettingonmysoapbox.wordpress.com)
Senin, 24 September 2012 14:30 WIB
MURDANI ABDULLAH | Free translation by Adji Darsoyo
BANDA ACEH – Head of the Legal and PR Office of the Aceh Regional Secretariat, Makmur Ibrahim, said that the plan to withdraw Klaista Alam’s permit by the Government of Aceh under Zaini Abdullah is the first within the whole history of Aceh. This is considered important and to show high commitment of the current Government of Aceh to protect forest conservation, especially in Tripa Peat Swamp. “This is the first in the history of the Government of Aceh,” said Makmur on Monday, September 24, 2012. Makmur continued that being staff member he is ready to implement the Governor’s instruction and will immediately process the plan. He hopes that this will be accepted by all parties in Aceh. As reported earlier, the Governor of Aceh, Zaini Abdullah, requested the head of BP2T on Monday September 24, 2012 to immediately prepare a draft for the revocation of Kalista Alam’s permit, which relates to the recently announced decision of the Administrative High Court of Medan. The Governor of Aceh, through the Head of Legal and PR Office, Makmur Ibrahim, also said that this decision of the Administrative High Court of Medan is final. “We wait for the draft of the revocation from BP2T. If this can be process within 2 days, then we will also withdraw in 2 days,” said Makmur.
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Over the past weeks you have helped us gather more than 3500 signatures at www.change.org/endoftheicons and it has prompted authorities to take action to #savetripa. Fires are still raging, drainage canals are still operating on behalf of the companies to drain the life of Tripa peat swamp, slowly and steadily killing the remaining forest and making the peat susceptible to fires. This must be stopped, all companies should receive order to halt all activities and those drainage canals must be blocked. All concession must be revoked and Tripa should be rehabilitated and restored.
Your support have made the difference and push the authorities to take action, now we need to remind them that a short overflight over Tripa is not enough to solve the problem. Tweet them and tell them what you want them to do.
Rainforest Action Network is helping us with twitter and facebook message to spread, tweet these and post them on facebook. Send them loud and clear message that we want Tripa restored and rehabilitated. Make #savetripa a trending topic on twitter!
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PHOTO: #Indonesia Prez: “#Forests management requires a reinvention of societies.” But #orangutans are dying now #SaveTripa http://ow.ly/i/L0wx via @RAN & @endoftheicons
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Tell Investigation team from Department of Environment we support the investigation, and we want them to investigate all companies operating in Tripa (PT. Kallista Alam, PT. Surya Panen Subur 2, PT. Cemerlang Abadi, PT. Dua Perkasa Lestari dan PT. Gelora Sawita Makmur) and call for restoration of the whole of Tripa!
In June, Indonesian President SBY declared that forest management “will require a fundamental reinvention and reorganization of societies throughout the world.” Meanwhile, over the last 2 months, clearing of the Tripa rainforest for palm oil plantations continues with 86 illegal fire hotspots. Send President SBY a message right now asking him to save Tripa http://ow.ly/i/L0wx
Thanks @humasKLH for investigating SPS2 & KA, but we want all the permits revoked & the whole of Tripa restored! http://ow.ly/c6UM0 #savetripa
REDD+ Task Force has received more than 15,000 emails in total and has been pushing for PT. Kallista Alam and PT. SPS 2 to be investigated and their permits to be revoked. However, peat swamp is one connected ecosystem, we need the whole of Tripa restored, and for that to happen we need all the companies investigated and their permit revoked!
@SatgasREDD thanks for your work so far,but we want all the destructive activities to stop & tripa restored http://ow.ly/c6UM0 #savetripa
President SBY was talking about the “Future we want” and how “deforestation is the thing of the past” yet Tripa peatswamp continues to drained and burned. We want him to order immediate halt on all destructive activities in Tripa, save the remaining forest and restore the rest.
Dear President @soesilobambang order immediate halt on all destructive activities in Tripa! Restore and #savetripa http://ow.ly/c6UM0
Dear President @presidentSBY order immediate halt on all destructive activities in Tripa! Restore and #savetripa http://ow.ly/c6UM0
The Minister of Forestry Zulkifli Hasan is responsible on deciding for what forests to stays and what forests get cut down by whom. He have stated that he wants Tripa restored and rehabilitated, but destruction still continues! Remind him again that problem is not yet solved!
Dear @zul_hasan you have to make sure all destructive activities in Tripa halted & the peatswamp restored! http://ow.ly/c6UM0 #savetripa
Agus Purnomo is the Chairman of National Council of Climate Change, Tripa peatswamp destruction is a climate disaster, burning and drying of peat through the drainage canals emits thousands tons of carbon to the atmosphere. These palm oil companies are undermining Indonesian government efforts to reduce emissions. Tell them to stop!
@AgusPurnomo order immediate halt on all destructive activities in Tripa! Demand for the canals to be blocked! http://ow.ly/c6UM0 #savetripa
UNDP and UN-REDD oversee the financial flow of Norway REDD+ funds to Indonesia, tell them about what had happened in Tripa and we want the Tripa peat swamp rehabilitated and restored!
@UNDP ensure the laws are being enforced & moratorium respected http://ow.ly/c6UM0 #savetripa
@unredd ensure the laws are being enforced & moratorium respected http://ow.ly/c6UM0 #savetripa
Executive director of UNEP was with SBY during Rio 20+ meeting as Indonesia President delivering sweet words on Indonesia achievement to reduce deforestation and picturing the “Future We Want”. In addition to that, GRASP UNEP has designated Tripa as priority site for great apes conservation. GRASP patron has historically support this campaign and request SBY to save tripa. Tell them the truth, laws still need to be enforced in Tripa!
@UNEP ensure the laws are being enforced and moratorium respected http://ow.ly/c6UM0 #savetripa
@graspunep ensure the laws are being enforced! priority site for great apes conservation should be restored & rehabilitated! http://ow.ly/c6UM0 #savetripa
Zaini Abdullah and Muzakir Manaf is the newly inaugurated governor and vice governor of Aceh, they have the authority to revoked permits of ALL plantations in Tripa. Tell them we want all the permits in Tripa to be revoked and Tripa to be restored to its original state.
@zaini_abdullah order immediate halt on operation & revoke all palm oil plantation permits in Tripa, restore & #savetripa http://ow.ly/c6UM0
@MuzakirManaf order immediate halt on operation & revoke all palm oil plantation permits in Tripa, restore & #savetripa http://ow.ly/c6UM0
- The Condition of Tripa Peat Swamp Is Critical, All Drainage Canals Should Be Blocked (endoftheicons.wordpress.com)
- [PRESS RELEASE] Increase in fires burning in Tripa highlights Indonesian Government failing to cease deforestation (endoftheicons.wordpress.com)
- Graft suspected in palm oil conversion (endoftheicons.wordpress.com)
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Selama beberapa minggu terakhir Anda telah membantu kami mengumpulkan lebih dari 3500 tanda tangan di www.change.org/endoftheicons dan telah mendorong pemerintah untuk mengambil tindakan untuk melakukan upaya penyelamatan Rawa Tripa. Kebakaran masih terus terjadi, kanal-kanal drainase masih terus beroperasi atas nama perusahaan untuk mengeringkan Rawa Gambut Tripa, secara perlahan tapi pasti membunuh hutan yang tersisa dan membuat gambut semakin rentan terhadap kebakaran. Ini harus dihentikan, semua perusahaan harus menghentikan semua kegiatan dan kanal-kanal drainase ini harus ditutup. Semua konsesi harus dicabut dan Rawa Tripa harus segera direhabilitasi dan dipulihkan. Sebelum semuanya terlambat
Dukungan Anda telah membuat perbedaan dan mendorong pihak berwenang untuk mengambil tindakan, sekarang kita perlu mengingatkan mereka bahwa kunjungan singkat ke Tripa tidak cukup untuk memecahkan masalah. Twit mereka dan beritahu mereka apa yang Anda ingin mereka lakukan.
Rainforest Action Network telah membantu kami melalui twitter dan facebook untuk menyebarkan pesan penyelamatan Rawa Tripa. Twit pesan ini dan bagikan melalui facebook. Kirim mereka pesan yang keras dan jelas bahwa kita ingin Rawa Tripa dipulihkan dan direhabilitasi. Buat # savetripa trending topic di twitter!
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FOTO: #Indonesia Prez: “Manajemen #hutan memerlukan suatu penciptaan kembali masyarakat.” Tapi #orangutan sekarat sekarang #SaveTripa http://ow.ly/i/L0wx via @RAN & @endoftheicons
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Pada bulan Juni, Bahasa Indonesia Presiden SBY menyatakan bahwa pengelolaan hutan “akan memerlukan penciptaan kembali dan reorganisasi masyarakat di seluruh dunia. Dasar” Sementara itu, selama 2 bulan terakhir, kliring dari hutan hujan Tripa untuk perkebunan kelapa sawit terus dengan 86 titik api ilegal. Presiden SBY Kirim pesan sekarang memintanya untuk menyelamatkan Tripa http://ow.ly/i/L0wx
Sampaikan kepada tim investigasi dari Kementerian Lingkungan Hidup, kita mendukung penyidikan dan kita ingin mereka untuk melakukan penyidikan terhadap seluruh perusahaan yang beroperasi di Tripa (PT. Kallista Alam, PT. Surya Panen Subur 2, PT. Cemerlang Abadi, PT. Dua Perkasa Lestari dan PT. Gelora Sawita Makmur) serta menghimbau untuk merestorasi keseluruhan kawasan Tripa!
Terima kasih @humasKLH untuk penyidikan terhadap SPS2 & KA, tapi kami menginginkan pencabutan seluruh perizinan & restorasi seluruh wilayah Tripa! http://ow.ly/c6UM0 #savetripa
SatGas REDD+ telah menerima lebih dari 15,000 email dan telah mendesak untuk dilakukannya penyidikan tergadap PT. Kallista Alam dan PT. SPS 2 serta agar izin-izin mereka dicabut. Namun, rawa gamut merupakan satu ekosistem yang saling berhubungan sehingga harus direstorasi secara keseluruhan dan untuk itu dibutuhkan investigasi yang menyeluruh terhadap perusahaan-perusahaan serta pencabutan izin-izinnya!
@SatgasREDD terima kasih atas upayanya sejauh ini, tapi kami menuntut agar seluruh aktivitas yang merusak dihentikan & Tripa direstorasi http://ow.ly/c6UM0 #savetripa
Presiden SBY berbicara mengenai “masa depan yang kita inginkan” dan bagaimana “deforestasi merupakan masa lalu” tapi rawa Tripa terus dikeringkan dan dibakar. Kami ingin agar SBY segera menghentikan seluruh aktivitas yang merusak di Tripa, menyelamatkan hutan dan merestorasi yang tersisa.
Menteri Kehutanan Zulkifli Hasan bertanggung jawab atas keputusan terhadap hutan mana yang dipertahankan dan hutan mana yang boleh ditebang dan siapa yang melakukan penebangan. Beliau menyatakan keinginan untuk memulihkan dan merehabilitasi Tripa, tapi perusakan terus berlanjut! Ingatkan beliau bahwa permasalahan ini belum ada solusinya!
@zul_hasan, pastikan bahwa seluruh kegiatan yang merusak di Tripa dihentikan dan rawa gambut direstorasi! http://ow.ly/c6UM0 #savetripa
Agus Purnomo adalah Ketua Dewan Perubahan Iklim Nasional. Pengrusakan rawa gambut Tripa merupakan bencana terhadap iklim, pembakaran dan pengeringan gambut dengan kanal drainase menyebabkan pelepasan ribuan ton emisi karbon ke atmosfer. Perusahaan sawit tersebut mengangkangi upaya pemerintah Indonesia untuk pengurangan emisi. Perintahkan mereka untuk berhenti!
@AgusPurnomo segera perintahkan penghentian seluruh kegiatan yang merusak Rawa Tripa dan tutup semua kanal drainase! http://ow.ly/c6UM0 #savetripa
UNDP dan UN-REDD mengawasi arus keuangan dari dana REDD+ Norwegia untuk Indonesia. Sampaikan kepada mereka apa yang terjadi di Tripa dan kita ingin Rawa Gambut Tripa direhabilitasi dan direstorasi!
@UNDP pastikan penegakan hukum dan terlaksananya moratorium http://ow.ly/c6UM0 #savetripa
@unredd pastikan penegakan hukum dan terlaksananya moratorium http://ow.ly/c6UM0 #savetripa
Direktur Eksekutif UNEP bersama dengan SBY dalam pertemuan Rio 20+ ketika SBY menyampaikan pidato manis mengenai capaian Indonesia dalam menekan laju deforestasi serta menggambarkan “Masa Depan Yang Kita Idamkan”. Selain itu, GRASP UNEP telah menetapkan Tripa sebagai kawasan prioritas untuk pelestarian kera besar. GRASP patron telah mendukung kampanye ini sejak awal dan meminta SBY untuk menyelamatkan Tripa. Sampaikan kenyataan yang sesungguhnya bahwa hukum masih harus ditegakkan di Tripa!
@UNEP pastikan hukum ditegakkan dan moratorium dilaksanakan http://ow.ly/c6UM0 #savetripa
@graspunep pastikan hukum ditegakkan dan kawasan prioritas pelestarian kera besar direstorasi dan direhabilitasi! http://ow.ly/c6UM0 #savetripa
Zaini Abdullah dan Muzakir Manaf adalah Gubernur dan Wakil Gubernur Aceh yang baru saja dilantik. Mereka memiliki kewenangan penuh untuk mencabut izin SELURUH perkebunan di Tripa. Sampaikan bahwa kita ingin seluruh perizinan di Tripa dicabut dan Tripa direstorasi ke kondisi semula.
@zaini_abdullah perintahkan perusahaan untuk berhenti beroperasi & cabut semua izin sawit di Tripa! Restorasi & #savetripa http://ow.ly/c6UM0
@MuzakirManaf perintahkan perusahaan untuk berhenti beroperasi & cabut semua izin sawit di Tripa! Restorasi & #savetripa http://ow.ly/c6UM0