Sumatran rhino footprints found in Borneo

The first ever camera trap photo of a Sumatran Rhinoceros. Image © WWF-Malaysia/Raymond Alfred

Sendawar, Indonesia / March 31, 2013 – A team from WWF-Indonesia has found fresh footprints resembling those of a critically endangered Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhius sumatrensis harrissoni) in the Heart of Borneo (HoB) area of East Kalimantan, Indonesia, the first time in over two decades that traces of the elusive rhino have appeared in the area. To confirm the presence of the rare animal, a second team comprised of WWF-Indonesia, the West Kutai Forestry Agency, Mulawarman University and local observers launched a follow-up survey that found more evidence of rhino footprints,…

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WWF urges Indonesian pulp producer APRIL to immediately stop pulping tropical forests

JAKARTA / February 12, 2013 – Following the announcement by Asia Pulp & Paper that it has stopped all clearance of Indonesian forests, WWF is now calling on its competitor Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) to stop pulping tropical rainforest. “APRIL is now the single largest converter of natural forest among Indonesia’s pulp producers,” said Nazir Foead, Conservation Director of WWF-Indonesia. “We urge the company to immediately change their unsustainable business model and stop draining our peat soils and converting our forests”. The Sumatran NGO coalition Eyes on the…

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Indonesian Fishing Communities find balance between Biodiversity & Development

The beach of Tanjung Gelam, Karimunjava National Park.

Co-management approach safeguards marine protected area in Indonesian Coral Triangle NEW YORK / February 7, 2013 — Fishing communities living on the islands of Indonesia’s Karimunjawa National Park have found an important balance, improving their social well-being while reducing their reliance on marine biodiversity, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of Western Australia. Over the past 5 years, the Government of Indonesia has turned Karimunjawa National Park, a marine paradise of turquoise seas and mangrove-ringed islands in the Java Sea just south of Borneo, into a model…

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