Update on Tanjung Puting National Park: A report to the CGI meeting, Jakarta, December 2003

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Update on Tanjung Puting National Park: A report to the CGI meeting, Jakarta, December 2003
Author: Telapak and EIA

In August 1999 EIA and Telapak Indonesia published ‘The Final Cut’, launched a campaign and broadcasted commercial-scale illegal logging practices in the Tanjung Puting National Park and Gunung Leuser National Park to millions of television viewers in Indonesia and around the world.

TThe world-famous Tanjung Puting National Park is the only protected area for orangutans in Central Kalimantan.

Ten percent of the world’s tropical forests are in Indonesia, and are an important habitat for unique biodiversity. However, systematic deforestation for short-term benefits accelerates the destruction of Indonesia’s environment with tremendous social impacts.

New evidence clearly shows how severe the condition of Indonesia’s forests, which used to be so dense.

Illegal logging, poor management of forest concessions, forest conversion to plantations and forest fires every year make tropical forests shrink, and push unique species such as the Sumatran orangutan and tiger to the brink of extinction. Forest dependent communities are quickly losing their future natural resources. At the current rate of logging, the country’s production forests will be exhausted in two decades.

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