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| March 28, 2013


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The Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP) applaud Indofood Agri for its generous intention to stop land clearing in a forested area that is orangutan habitat in Kongbeng Sub-district of East Kalimantan.

This is a victory for orangutans and Indofood as well. Orangutans are protected and Indofood obtains good publications. The following step is only technical, how to make it real is actually to protect the orangutans in their natural habitat. It is clear that Indofood is serious, photos and internal communication regarding cease of land clearing activity were sent to us. 

Unfortunately, Indofood proactive action was not followed by Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), an organisation that encourages its members to run a sustainable palm oil industry. Almost 2 weeks has passed and RSPO has not responded to COP’s report regarding Indofood and Bumitama alleged bulldozing of orangutan habitat. The RSPO responded to the complaint letter after it was bombarded with petitions. However, until now the RSPO do not publish our complaint on its website yet. 

Throughout its existence, RSPO helped many industries instead of the environment. Orangutans continue to fall victims by the hand of RSPO members without punishment. As punishment membership should be deprived or law enforcement encouraged for example. Therefore, RSPO’s attitude gives them the image of a green shield for environment villains.

Bumitama is an example. This RSPO member is in the top 10 list of palm oil companies that supplies orangutans to BOSF, an orangutan rehabilitation centre. High numbers of rescued orangutans from Bumitama concession area indicate that it is a threat to orangutans and their habitat. Apparently, Bumitama does not learn its lesson. The forested area, which is orangutan habitat in Tumbang Koling and buffer zone of Tanjung Puting National Park will be cleared for palm oil plantation by its owner Bumitama a Singapore-based company.

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