Tag: ID – Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra

In a national park plagued by encroachers, Indonesia tries a new approach; Tonggo Simangunsong; Monga Bay

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Suwardi, a 51-year-old from Indonesia’s North Sumatra province, used to work as a laborer for a landlord who managed oil palm and rubber plantations in his home village of Harapan Maju, near Gunung Leuser National Park. He also cultivated a dream: to own his own farmland. One day, about four years ago, Suwardi thought he had an opportunity to get closer to his dream.

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More coffee, less gold: Sumatra farmers alarmed over revival of mine project; Junaidi Hanafiah; MongaBay

Photo: Junaidi Hanafiah

Indonesian coffee farmers on the island of Sumatra have spoken out against a plan to mine for gold in an area that overlaps with one of the last known habitats of Sumatran tigers and orangutans. The Linge Abong project in Aceh province was conceived more than a decade ago, and was blocked by the provincial governor in 2019.

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Sumatran habitat for tigers, orangutans gets a partial reprieve from development; Hans Nicholas Jong; Monga Bay

Indonesia – Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra

OFFICIALS in the Indonesian province of Aceh have vowed to safeguard the last known habitat shared by tigers, orangutans, rhinos and elephants, but concerns abound that the proposed protections are limited in scope. The provincial government, which enjoys a degree of autonomy from the central government in Jakarta, has declared there will be no infrastructure projects developed inside the Gunung Leuser National Park.

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Deforestation in Sumatra carves up tiger habitats into ever smaller patches; Basten Gokkon; MongaBay

Indonesia – Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra

Extensive deforestation in Sumatra has corralled the island’s native tigers into fragmented habitats, only two of which contain a sufficiently robust population of the nearly extinct big cat, a recent study suggests. The Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) has since the 1980s been driven to the brink of extinction by a combination of severe loss of habitat — to logging and oil palm plantations — and poaching for its body parts.

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