‘Historic deal’ to save Sumatran forests

The Indonesian government and conservation group WWF have announced a commitment to protect the remaining forests and critical ecosystems of Sumatra, the world’s sixth-largest island, which holds some of the most diverse and endangered forests, a press release by the green group anounced.

They wrote:

Sumatra is the only place on Earth where tigers, elephants, orangutans and rhinos co-exist but since 1985 the island has lost 48 percent of its natural forest cover. This historic agreement represents the first-ever island-wide commitment to protect Sumatra’s stunning biodiversity. It has been endorsed by governors of all the provinces across Sumatra and also by four Ministers.

“This agreement commits all the Governors of Sumatra’s ten provinces, along with the Indonesian Ministries of Forestry, Environment, Interior and Public Works, to restore critical ecosystems in Sumatra and protect areas with high conservation values,” said Hermien Roosita, Deputy Minister of Environment. “The Governors will now work together to develop ecosystem-based spatial plans that will serve as the basis for future development on the island.”

WWF, Conservation International (CI), Fauna and Flora International (FFI), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and other conservation groups working in Sumatra have agreed to help implement the political commitment to protect what remains of the island’s species-rich forests and critical areas.

“WWF is eager to help make this commitment a reality to protect the magnificent tropical forests across Sumatra. These forests shelter some of the world’s rarest species and provide livelihoods for millions of people,” said Mubariq Ahmad, CEO of WWF-Indonesia.

Today’s announcement follows commitments made at the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Conference of Parties in Bonn in May to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020 – that means that global forest coverage must remain the same, taking into account deforestation and reforestation.

Source: WWF press release

Date: 08/10/2008


2 Responses

  1. Great Blog!!!!

    We do similar work…

    Please let me know if I can keep an eye out for forest info you’re interested in… I do monitoring of forest issues / news around the world and your welcomed to use the data I gather, which can be viewed at my blog link above, or as an alternative at http://olyecology.livejournal.com (or you can subscribe to my newsletters!)

    I RSSed you blog so I’ll make sure to put your most original posts in my newsletters from now on!

    And as I said before, if there is any way I can be of help to you please let me know?

    Be well, Deane

  2. Cheer Deane — thanks for your kind comments; they are much appreciated.

    Your blog is a great source for tree-related info, and I have added it as a worthy addition to Take Cover’s blogroll.

    Looking forward to featuring some of your stories here in the future.

    Warm regards

    Take Cover team

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