Save the Tripa Peat Swamp and Orangutans



Target: President of Indonesia Sponsored by: The Orangutan Project Friends of the Earth Indonesia have taken the Aceh Governor and large palm oil company (PT, Kallista Alam) to court for illegally approving the destruction of Tripa Peat Swamp. This peat swap is burning even as you are reading this, we must protect this area, draining the peat has left locals without clean water, children in the villages have skin diseases, livelihoods destroyed, all for palm oil. If this is not stopped right now, the Orangutans and forest in the area will be completely wiped out in a few months. The Indonesian Governor of Aceh, Irwandi Yusuf, issued a permit to a local oil palm company, PT Kallista Alam, to convert 1,605ha of deep peat in the Tripa peat swamps on the west coast of Aceh into an oil palm plantation. This area is known to have the highest densities of Sumatran orangutans in the world. The Tripa peat swamps are part of the Leuser Ecosystem, which was designated in 2008 as a National Strategic Area for environmental protection. Please email/fax/write to the Indonesian President: presiden@ri.go.id and CC your email to the Indonesian embassy in Australia:indonemb@kbri-canberra.org.au and tell him to uphold the law and protect the Tripa Peat Swamps of Sumatra