22 September 2014- Jakarta- Rain Forest Action Network.   In the final weeks of his presidency, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has come under massive international pressure to act to protect one of the world’s most biodiverse forests. 

On the eve of the UN Climate Summit in New York, thousands of tweets flooded the President’s personal twitter account, @SBYudhoyono, asking him to protect the Leuser Ecosystem, as recent studies found Indonesia to have overtaken Brazil in having the highest rate of deforestation in the world. Located at the country’s most western tip, the fate of the Leuser Ecosystem rests entirely on the cancellation of an illegal spatial plan drawn up by the government of Aceh province.

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Apes, elephants, rhinos and tigers at dire risk if unsustainable palm oil plantations allowed in Sumatran reserve

22 August 2014 - theguardian.com -  One of the world’s leading orangutan experts has called on Australian food manufacturers to speed up efforts to ditch unsustainable palm oil, warning that the situation “has never been so desperate” for the threatened primates. Dr Ian Singleton, head of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program, said the apes, with the Sumatran elephant, rhino and tiger, were facing a “major extinction event” due to plans to open up a critical reserve for logging and construction.

 

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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. 

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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.

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30 May 2014- Ketapang, West Kalimantan; Banda Aceh, Sumatra.  In two separate evening ceremonies hosted by Yayasan Palung  and Orangutan Information Center, sixteen students bound for college or in college in Borneo and Sumatra were honored as recipients of the 2014 Orangutan Caring Scholarship.  OURF president Dr. Gary Shapiro flew to the coastal cities of Ketapang in West Kalimantan (Borneo) and Banda Aceh on the northern tip of Sumatra to present the scholarships and to participate in the festivities.  OURF and other partnering organizations (The Orangutan Project, Orangutan Outreach, ASFF) provided the funding for the scholarships while the hosting NGOs administer the program with the students in their respective region. This was the largest number of scholarships awarded in a single year since the program began in 2006 with a single scholarship.

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