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RSPO helps preserve Sumatran orangutan habitat

RSPO helps preserve Sumatran orangutan habitat

Following an initiative from the Sumatran Orangutan Society, the RSPO's General Assembly voted to

declare the broader Bukit Tigapuluh Ecosystem on the Indonesian island of Sumatra a 'high

conservation value area'. Under RSPO rules, no high conservation value areas can be cleared for palm

oil production.

According to the Sumatran Orangutan Society, the Bukit Tigapuluh Ecosystem, which extends beyond

Bukit Tigapuluh National Park, contains hundreds of animal species (including the Sumatran elephant

and the Sumatran tiger). In recent years, over a hundred Sumatran orangutans have been

reintroduced into the forests; in all, the region could sustain an estimated five hundred orangutans.

The Bukit Tigapuluh forests are also home to thee indigenous tribes: the Talang Mamak, the Melayu

Tua and the Kubu/Orang Rimba. They all rely on the forest for their livelihoods and their traditions.

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