Representatives of Presidential Candidates Discuss Environmental Agenda in Forum Supported by Five Orangutan Advocacy Groups
3 July 2014- Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesia’s presidential candidates expressed aspects of their environmental agenda through their representatives during an evening gathering of news media reporters and nongovernmental organizations. Sponsored by five orangutan advocacy groups (Orang Utan Republik Foundation, The Orangutan Project, Orangutan Conservancy, Orangutan Outreach, and Orangutan Land Trust), the discussion/debate took place at Café Resto, Complex Ismail Marzuki, Cikini, Central Jakarta, Thursday (03/07) and featured Wahyu Widodo, representing the presidential candidate team of Joko Widodo/Jusuf Kalla, and Syamsul Bahri, representing the presidential candidate team of Prabowo Subianto/Hatta Rajasa.
Collaboration of Orangutan Organizations Support Debate/Discussion of Environmental Position of Candidates for Next President of Indonesia
1 July 2014 - Jakarta, Indonesia. In advance of the upcoming Indonesian presidential elections on July 9th, a group of nonprofit organizations with a focus on orangutan conservation has teamed up to sponsor a debate and discussion on the environmental position of the two candidates for Indonesia's highest office. Representatives for the president/vice-president teams of Prabowo Subianto/Hatta Rajasa and Joko Widodo/Jusuf Kalla will face off on Thursday, July 3, 2014, at the Gallery Cafe Taman Ismail Marzukiin Jakarta from 4pm-7pm.
Sixteen Students from Borneo and Sumatra Receive Orangutan Caring Scholarships
OC and OURF Announce New Orangutan Alliance
15 May 2014 - Los Angeles, CA. In a new alliance, two of California’s premier orangutan conservation NGOs (Orangutan Conservancy and Orang Utan Republik Foundation) have forged a coalition to battle the plight facing orangutans in 2014.
The California Orangutan Alliance (COA) combines the strength of each organization’s many years of experience in Indonesia to make an impactful and lasting difference in the lives of orangutans and their rainforest home.
Special Report: Palm oil, politics, and land use in Indonesian Borneo (Part I)
24 April 2014 - mongabay.com - Satria Eka Hadinaryanto, Mongabay-Indonesia correspondent.
As one of the world’s largest palm oil producers, Indonesia is often at the receiving end of criticism and protests by activists, and even by its own people. Its poor forest and land management practices, which have been going on for decades, have degraded both its landscapes and its reputation.
Land conflicts between local communities and companies, between communities and governments, and even between the communities themselves, have become regular news in the media. Not only has this resulted in human casualties, but wildlife is stuck in the middle as their habitat is destroyed by oil palm plantation development. Killings of elephants and orangutans have been linked to oil palm plantations across the country.