Save Last Remaining Natural Rainforest In Sumatra from Barito Pacific Group
We need your help to stop a logging company destroying Lestari Asri Jaya Concession in the West (Block II and IV on the Map), forming a critical part of the Bukit Tigapuluh Ecosystem.
We desperately need the Lestari Asri Jaya Concession under threat protected, to ensure the survival of remaining valuable ecosystems in the world, and save the 140 strong critically endangered Sumatran elephant population.
The Bukit Tigapuluh (“Thirty Hills”) ecosystem is located in Central Sumatra, Indonesia. This globally important ecosystem provides a safe haven for many species which are threatened by extinction or are extremely rare - including the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan, tiger and elephant.
Between 1985 and 2007, Sumatra island lost 12 million hectares of natural forest, a 48 percent loss in 22 years. By 2007, the island had only 30 percent natural forest cover (around 13 million hectares).
We respectfully urge Barito Pacific not to undertake any land clearing activities in the Lestari Asri Jayan concession and allow the concession to be placed under permanent protection for the sake of the critically endangered Sumatran elephant, tiger and orangutan populations.
President Commissioner, Barito Pacific
Loeki S. Putera
President Director, Barito Pacific
Agus Salim Pangestu
Vice President Director
And Major Shareholders:
Magna Resources Corp.
Whistler Petrochemical Corp.
PT Barito Pacific Lumber
PT Tunggai Setia Pratama
RE: SAVING THE BUKIT TIGAPULUH ECOSYSTEM AND PREVENTION OF BREAKING OF INDONESIAN LAW
We, the undersigned, understand that you intend to convert SK.141/Menhut-Il/2010, the largest remaining block of High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF) in the Bukit Tigapuluh Ecosystem, Jambi Sumatra to pulpwood plantation.
The Lestari Asri Jaya Concession is the most important habitat of an Endangered Sumatran elephant population in the Bukit Tigapuluh Ecosystem.
The Lestari Asri Jaya Concession is the most important habitat of an Endangered Sumatran elephant population in the Bukit Tigapuluh Ecosystem. As many as 140 elephants or 5% of the remaining Sumatran elephant population are exclusively living in the Lestari Asri Jaya concession. The conversion of natural forest in the Lestari Asri Jaya concession would immediately lead to local extinction of elephants in Bukit Tigapuluh.
This forest has exceptionally high biodiversity and is critical habitat for globally significant populations of Endangered Sumatran tigers and Sumatran elephants, and the only reintroduction site in world for the Critically Endangered Sumatran orangutan population. Moreover it is home to the indigenous Orang Rimba tribe.
The conversion of elephant, tiger and orangutan habitat would contradict the following regulations:
1. Conservation Strategy and Action Plan of Sumatran Elephant and Kalimantan Elephant 2007 – 2017
2. Conservation Strategy and Action Plan of Orangutan 2007 – 2017
3. Conservation Strategy and Action Plan of Sumatran Tiger 2007 – 2017
We respectfully urge Barito Pacific and its major shareholders not to undertake any land clearing activities in the Lestari Asri Jayan concession and allow the concession to be placed under permanent protection for the sake of the critically endangered Sumatran elephant, tiger and orangutan populations.
NB the Dalek Esa Concession (Block I on Map) to the South was successfully given a reprieve when a public campaign in 2009 quashed Asian Pulp and Paper’s plans to convert it into pulpwood plantation.