THREATENING ORANGUTAN, PALM OIL COMPANY, PT. GPM REPORTED TO KPK

Centre for Orangutan Protection urged the Corruption Eradication Commission to examine allegations of corruption in permit granting process related to the oil palm plantation business of PT. GPM in Berau district, East Kalimantan. PT. GPM is a subsidiary of PS Group which has a long track record in endangering the Borneo Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus morio) and its habitat. Threat on orangutans is a clear evidence that there is something wrong with granting licenses, both technically and administratively, that involve all parties, the local government, companies and environmental consultants. COP also submitted a report on a case that had occurred previously at PT. AE, another PS Group subsidiary operating in East Kutai as supporting material for the investigation.

The concession area of PT. GPM is an area that has High Conservation Value, an important habitat for orangutans. Based on a survey conducted by BOSF, the density of orangutans in the concession area of PT. GPM reaches 2.54 individuals / km2, and there are 234 tree species (38% of orangutan tree species). When conducting a field check the Centre for Orangutan Protection team found orangutan along with her baby were in the location being cleared. The East Kalimantan BKSDA with the assistance of the COP has twice transferred adult male orangutans begging for food on the road side in the concession area of PT. GPM. It is estimated that these orangutans are very hungry and forested areas that are the source of food have been cleared. Besides those begging orangutans, COP also found female orangutans and their children in the same area.

The Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus morio) is one of the most protected wildlife species in Indonesia under Law No. 5 of 1990 concerning Conservation of Biodiversity and its Ecosystem. The population continues to decline due to deforestation for palm oil plantations. The Centre for Orangutan Protection greatly appreciates KPK in arresting the local government heads that involved in corruption related to granting permits of forest and land-based business in Kalimantan. The PS Group’s case is expected to be one of the KPK’s important achievements in preventing state’s greater losses in the forestry sector.

For more information and interviews please contact:
Ramadhani
Campaign Manager
Centre for Orangutan Protection
Mobile: 081349271904
Email: info@orangutanprotection.com

MENGANCAM ORANGUTAN, PERUSAHAAN SAWIT PT.GPM DILAPORKAN KE KPK
Centre for Orangutan Protection meminta Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi untuk memeriksa dugaan korupsi dalam proses pemberian ijin – ijin yang berkaitan dengan usaha perkebunan kelapa sawit PT. GPM di kabupaten Berau, Kalimantan Timur. PT. GPM merupakan anak perusahaan PS Group yang memiliki rekam jejak panjang dalam membahayakan Orangutan Kalimantan (Pongo pygmaeus morio) dan habitatnya. Terancamnya orangutan merupakan bukti yang jelas dan terang bahwa ada yang keliru dalam pemberian ijin, baik secara teknis maupun administrasi, yangmana ini bisa melibatkan para pihak secara bersama – sama, baik Pemerintah Daerah, perusahaan dan konsultan lingkungan. COP juga menyerahkan laporan atas kasus yang terjadi sebelumnya di PT. AE, anak perusahaan PS Group lainnya yang beroperasi di Kutai Timur sebagai bahan pendukung penyelidikan.

Kawasan konsesi PT. GPM merupakan kawasan yang memiliki Nilai Konservasi Tinggi, habitat penting bagi orangutan. Berdasarkan survei yang dilakukan oleh BOSF, kepadatan orangutan di kawasan konsesi PT. GPM mencapai 2,54 individu/km2, serta terdapat 234 spesies pohon (38% spesies pohon pakan orangutan). Pada saat melakukan cek lapangan tim Centre for Orangutan Protection mendapati 1 (satu) individu orangutan berserta anaknya berada di lokasi yang sedang dilakukan pembabatan. BKSDA Kaltim dengan dibantu COP telah 2 (dua) kali mentranslokasikan orangutan jantan dewasa yang mengemis makanan di tepian jalan raya yang berada di dalam kawasan konsesi PT. GPM. Diperkirakan, orangutan – orangutan tersebut sangat kelaparan dan kawasan berhutan yang menjadi sumber makanan telah dibabat. Selain orangutan – orangutan jantan yang mengemis tersebut, COP juga pernah menemukan orangutan – orangutan betina dan anaknya di kawasan yang sama.

Orangutan Kalimantan (Pongo pygmaeus morio) merupakan salah satu spesies satwa liar yang paling dilindungi di Indonesia berdasarkan Undang – Undang Nomor 5 Tahun 1990 tentang Konservasi Keanekaragaman Hayati dan Ekosistemnya. Populasinya terus merosot dikarenakan pembabatan hutan untuk membuka perkebunan kelapa sawit. Centre for Orangutan Protection sangat mengapresasi kerja – kerja KPK dalam menangkap para Kepala Daerah yang terlibat korupsi dalam pemberian ijin – ijin usaha berbasis lahan dan hutan di Kalimantan. Kasus PS Group ini diharapkan akan menjadi salah satu capaian penting KPK dalam mencegah kerugian negara yang lebih besar di bidang kehutanan.

Untuk informasi lebih lanjut dan wawancara silakan menghubungi:
Ramadhani
Manajer Kampanye
Centre for Orangutan Protection
HP: 081349271904
Email: info@orangutanprotection.com

INDONESIAN COALITION URGES GOVERMENT TO SAVE TAPANULI ORANGUTAN, PROTECT “WONDERFUL INDONESIA”

Controversial US$ 1.6 billion dam project backed by China and Dharmawangsa Group threatens extinction of the rare Pongo tapanuliensis orangutan
JAKARTA, 5 March 2019 – The stage is set for a crucial showdown in a long-running battle to save a newly discovered rare species of orangutan from possible extinction at the hands of a planned US$ 1.6 billion hydroelectric dam project. The state administrative court in Medan ruled yesterday in narrow terms that it would not halt the construction of the dam. In the wake of that decision, a coalition of Indonesian organizations and international leaders are calling on the government to cancel the dam project and protect the ecosystem for the long term.
The proposed dam project, being constructed on the Batang Toru River, North Sumatra, by Chinese hydroelectric giant Sinohydro with financing from the Bank of China threatens the newly discovered Tapanuli orangutan species, as well as thousands of local people whose livelihoods will be put a risk.

The Tapanuli orangutan was only identified as a new species in 2017, the seventh great ape species in the world. Despite being newly identified, it is already perilously close to extinction with a population now numbering less than 800 individuals. It is estimated that the population has almost halved since 1985, and that it will continue to decline unless comprehensive protection measures are implemented.

The US$ 1.6 billion hydroelectric power plant, the largest on the island of Sumatra, is scheduled for completion by 2022. However, the dam was planned before the identification of the Tapanuli orangutan – meaning the environmental planning process didn’t consider the risk of extinction to this species.

The ownership of the project, considered part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, is a maze of overlapping Indonesian and Chinese entities, Chinese finance, and the Chinese state-owned company Sinohydro.

“Chinese investment has the potential to do a lot of good, but this project risks tarring the reputation of the Belt and Road Initiative,” said Panut Hadisiwoyo, Founding Director of the Orangutan Information Centre (OIC). “We hope that the Chinese government will reconsider this project in light of the discovery of the Tapanuli orangutan: can you imagine a foreign-funded project that threatens the Giant Panda with extinction ever being approved?”

One potential beneficiary of the dam is the nearby the Martabe gold mine, which is currently set to expand further into Tapanuli orangutan habitat. The mine is owned by a subsidiary of the giant British conglomerate Jardines Matheson, which has previously been criticized for its palm oil subsidiary’s tens of thousands of acres of deforestation of Sumatran orangutan habitat.

“Jardines has already profited from destroying tens of thousands of acres of Indonesian forests, and now it’s trying to mine gold that would forever be linked to the deaths of Tapanuli orangutans,” said Glenn Hurowitz, CEO Mighty Earth, an organization that has urged Jardines to help protect the Tapanuli. “Nobody wants to buy a gold necklace or wedding ring that is associated with killing an endangered species.”

The Dharma Hydro company, part of the Dharmawangsa Group, is also linked to the project. Dharma Hydro is the largest shareholder in North Sumatra Hydro Energy (NSHE), the company behind the dam project. Paradoxically, even as it helps develop a dam that would inundate habitat of the world’s rarest great ape, the Dharmawangsa Group is marketing a new resort it is developing on the island of Beilitung as an “eco resort.”

Environmental assessments have found that the construction and operation of the dam and power plant will also threaten the livelihoods of thousands of downstream local residents who rely on the river’s ecosystem for their survival for fisheries, agriculture, transport, and daily water needs.

“The Indonesian government spends millions of dollars on advertising to promote our natural treasures through the ‘Wonderful Indonesia’ campaign,” said Hardi Baktiantoro from Center of Orangutan Protection, who also joined the interview. “President Jokowi should protect that investment by focusing on responsible energy and infrastructure projects that can meet our power needs while protecting Indonesia’s wildlife.”

These enormous threats likely would come with few benefits. The dam has among the lowest benefit-to-cost ratios of any planned hydro-energy project in the region. It would operate only during peak times and carries projected cost of over US$1.6 billion. NSHE is also planning to build the dam in an area of intense geological activity, putting the project and surrounding communities at risk of earthquakes with potentially catastrophic consequences.

Reports have documented that there is no pressing need for the energy that would beproduced by the dam and shown that there are viable alternatives for energy production in the region. For example, the nearby 330 MW Sarulla geothermal project produces clean energy and can be upgraded to 1 GW if needed to meet the flexible or peak load power needs the dam is supposedly designed to address – and all without posing a risk to the Tapanuli orangutan.

“Indonesia can meet its infrastructure and energy needs without threatening the Tapanuli orangutan or wasting massive amounts of money on the Batang Toru dam – there are options for geothermal, solar power, or even smaller, less expensive and damaging hydro projects,” said Arrum from Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme. “Ultimately, it is going to be us, the Indonesian people, that will have to pay back this enormous loan in our electricity bills”.

Further information, please contact:
Mighty Earth
Glenn Hurowitz
CEO
glenn@waxmanstrategies.com

Image Dynamics
Ayunda Putri
+62 8122 00 1411 (phone & text) / +62 8977 400 788 (whatsApp)
ayunda.prisdiani@gmail.com

TWO SUN BEARS TAKE A MEDICAL TEST

There are two sun bears at the office of Natural Resources Agency (BKSDA) Berau, East Kalimantan. The APE Defender team has just taken their blood samples for the lab test. The team did not face any difficulties during anesthesia so the sampling process can run quickly.

Barbie, the female sun bear, has been kept illegally for more than five years. She was still a baby when being pet and grown up for five years with humans. It has made Barbie become so tame. After being confiscated from Bulungan resident and limited human contact in the BKSDA enclosure, currently, Barbie is very difficult to be touched.

The same thing happens for the male sun bear from Kayan Mentarang National Park, Tanjung Selor, East Kalimantan. When arriving at BKSDA Berau, Jantan (the bear name) is still wild. “The condition of the small cage seems to make him stressed. The fur around his face falls down. This has happened since the end of December 2018, “said vet Flora.

The condition of the sun bears is quite good. It prompted the APE Defender team to conduct a deeper medical test for the preparation of their release. The number of Kalimantan sun bears continues to decline, as the forest loss continues. Center for Orangutan Protection together with BKSDA Berau hope that the release of these sun bears can maintain the ecosystem balance. “We believe that every individual of wildlife has an important role in nature,” said Reza Kurniawan, coordinator of the APE Guardian team, a team formed to release wildlife back into their habitat.

Help COP through this site https://www.kitabisa.com/orangindo4orangutan for the release process. (IND)

DUA BERUANG MADU JALANI TES MEDIS
Ada dua beruang madu sebagai penghuni kantor BKSDA Seksi 1 Berau, Kalimantan Timur. Tim APE Defender baru saja mengambil contoh darah untuk diperiksa. Tim tidak begitu mengalami kesulitan saat pembiusan sehingga proses pengambilan sample bisa berjalan dengan cepat.

Beruang madu berjenis kelamin betina yang kami sebut Barbie adalah beruang madu yang telah dipelihara warga secara ilegal selama lebih lima tahun. Lamanya masa pemeliharaan ini dan usianya yang waktu itu masih bayi membuat beruang Barbie menjadi jinak. Namun setelah diserahkan dari warga Bulungan dan terbatas bertemu manusia di kandang BKSDA Berau, Barbie semakin sulit untuk didekati.

Begitu pula dengan beruang madu jantan yang berasal dari Taman Nasional Kayan Mentarang, Tanjung Selor, Kalimantan Timur. Saat tiba di BKSDA SKW 1 Berau, Jantan (panggilannya) hingga saat ini masih sangat liar. “Kondisi kandang yang kecil sepertinya membuat dirinya mulai stres, rambut disekitar mukanya rontok. Ini sudah terjadi sejak akhir Desember 2018 yang lalu.”, ujar drh. Flora prihatin.

Kondisi beruang madu cukup baik ini lah yang mendorong tim APE Defender melakukan pemeriksaan lebih dalam, untuk keperluan pelepasliarannya. Jumlah beruang madu Kalimantan terus mengalami penurunan, seiring semakin hilangnya hutan. Centre for Orangutan Protection bersama BKSDA Berau berharap, kembalinya sepasang beruang madu ini ke alam, dapat menjaga keseimbangan alam. “Kami percaya setiap individu satwa liar memiliki peran penting di alam.”, ujar Reza Kurniawan, kordinator tim APE Guardian, tim yang terbentuk untuk melepasliarkan satwa kembali ke habitatnya.

APE DEFENDER SAVED ONE BABY ORANGUTAN

Finally, the APE Defender team with the Berau BKSDA succeeded in rescuing a female orangutan in the village of Long Beliu, East Kalimantan. This 1-2 year old baby has been under illegal captive of a resident since November 2018. According to the resident, the small orangutan was found on the roadside of Wahau when crossing the road alone. Feeling sorry, this baby orangutan was brought home and kept in a 1.5 x 1 meter wooden cage.

In April, July and August 2017, APE Defender has carried out translocation of adult male orangutans entering community palm oil plantations and eating palm oil seedlings. Other male orangutans were also found entering residents’ settlements and the last one was the orangutan with a wounded head was found on the roadside of the Muara Wahau, East Kalimantan.

What happened along the Muara Wahau road that forced the orangutans who usually avoid busy road to be there? COP’s fast-moving team to protect habitats as orangutan homes do not just remain silent. “Maybe there is something wrong with the habitat, so the orangutans are pushed into the settlements or plantations. Orangutans are explorers. They will continue to move and make a nest during the day and evening to rest. With instincts they look for food to survive.”

Inform us via email to info@orangutanprotection.com or COP social media (IG:@orangutan_cop), (FB page: @saveordelete), (Twitter: @orangutan_cop). Orangutan protection is our shared responsibility. (EBO)

APE DEFENDER SELAMATKAN SATU BAYI ORANGUTAN
Akhirnya, tim APE Defender bersama BKSDA Berau berhasil menyelamatkan satu anak orangutan betina di kampung Long Beliu, Kalimantan Timur. Bayi berusia 1-2 tahun ini berada dalam pemeliharaan ilegal seorang warga sejak November 2018 yang lalu. Menurutnya, orangutan kecil tersebut ditemukan di pinggir jalan poros Wahau saat menyebrang jalan sendirian. Karena merasa kasihan, orangutan yang masih bayi ini dibawa pulang ke rumah dan dipelihara di kandang kayu berukuran 1,5 x 1 meter.

Pada April, Juli dan Agustus 2017, APE Defender telah melakukan translokasi orangutan jantan dewasa yang memasuki perkebunan kelapa sawit warga dan memakan bibit sawit. Orangutan jantan lainnya juga ditemukan memasuki pemukiman warga dan terakhir orangutan dengan kepala terluka ditemukan di pinggir jalan poros Muara Wahau, Kalimantan Timur.

Apa yang terjadi sepanjang jalan Muara Wahau ini, hingga orangutan berada di jalan yang biasanya mereka hindari karena ramainya kendaraan melintas? Tim gerak cepat COP untuk perlindungan habitat sebagai rumah orangutan tak hanya tinggal diam. “Mungkin ada yang salah dengan habitatnya, sehingga orangutan terdesak masuk ke pemukiman ataupun perkebunan. Orangutan adalah satwa penjelajah. Dia akan terus bergerak dan membuat sarang saat siang maupun sore hari untuk istirahatnya. Dengan nalurinya dia mencari makanan untuk bertahan hidup.”.

Informasikan kami lewat email info@orangutanprotection.com atau media sosial COP (IG: @orangutan_cop), (FB page: @saveordelete), (Twitter: @orangutan_cop). Perlindungan orangutan adalah tanggung jawab kita bersama.

NOVI AND HIS MOST FAVORITE FRUIT

Novi, the male orangutan ex-rehab, often makes the monitoring team into chaos. After not being tracked for nearly two weeks after the release, Novi showed up his existence by hanging on a tree. Then the next two days the team lost his track again. Furthermore, two days later the team was surprised by Novi’s appearance around where the team saw him at the last time.

Novi continues to be seen swinging here and there in the Kenari tree (species of Sapindaceae or soapberry family). “Novi loves the Kenari very much,” said Yusak, one of our rangers who was filling out the orangutan food form. It can be proven by the form. From the early minutes Yusak noted, Novi ate a lot of Kenari fruits.

Apparently, Novi likes the sweet-sour taste of the fruit. The monitoring team also try Kenari fruit to fulfill their curiosity. Once there was a Kenari dropped by Novi from a 20-meters tree, someone rushed to pick it up. The first bite made Widi’s face shrink. “I thought it was sweet, but it is very sour,” said Widi, the APE Guardian team volunteer. No wonder why, Novi dropped the unripe fruit. This fruit looks like almonds with white flesh in it. If it is unripe, the skin color is green. But when it is ripe, the skin color turns black and the flavor is a little sweet.

Novi did not want to get away from Kenari trees. For several times Novi was observed making nests near that tree. “Maybe after waking up Novi will immediately eat Kenari,” thought the ranger. Apparently, the prediction went true. From 05.00 WITA the team monitored Novi, the orangutan came out from the nest. As soon as he woke up, he immediately rushed to swing towards the Kenari tree.

Rangers were optimistic that Novi could be an agent in regenerating forests, after finding that Novi’s feces are mixed with dozens of Kenari seeds, scattered far away from the main tree. (IND)

BUAH KENARI KESUKAAN NOVI
Individu orangutan jantan bernama Novi ini memang kerap membuat tim monitoring kalang kabut. Setelah tidak terpantau jejaknya hampir selama dua pekan paska rilis, Novi kembali menunjukkan eksistensinya dengan bergelantungan di pohon. lalu dua hari berikutnya tim kembali kehilangan jejaknya. Selanjutnya, selang dua hari tim dibuat terkejut dengan kemunculan Novi di sekitar lokasi terakhir tim kehilangan jejak Novi.

Novi terus terlihat berayun kesana kemari di pohon kenari. “Ternyata si Novi ini suka buah kenari,” ucap Yusak salah seorang ranger yang tengah mengisi form pakan orangutan. Bagaimana tidak, dari menit awal Yusak mencatat, Novi banyak sekali makan buah kenari.

Rupanya, Novi suka rasa manis masam buah itu. Sampai-sampai membuat tim monitoring ingin mencicipi rasa buah kenari. Begitu ada buah kenari yang dijatuhkan Novi dari ketinggian pohon sekitar 20 meter, ada yang bergegas mengambilnya. Gigitan pertama membuat wajah Widi mengkerut. “Kukira manis, ternyata rasanya masam,” ungkap Widi relawan Tim APE Guardian. Pantas saja masam, ternyata Novi menjatuhkan buah kenari yang belum matang. Buah yang bentuknya mirip kacang almond ini, memiliki daging berwarna putih di dalamnya. Jika belum matang warna kulitnya hijau, begitu buahnya matang warna kulitnya berubah menjadi hitam dan ada tambahan rasa sedikit manis.

Saking doyan dan suka dengan buah ini, Novi tak ingin jauh-jauh dari pohon kenari. Beberapa kali Novi terpantau membuat sarang di dekat pohon kenari. “Mungkin setelah bangun tidur Novi bisa langsung makan buah kenari,” pikir para ranger. Ternyata perkiraan itu tidak meleset. Dari pukul 05.00 WITA tim memantau Novi yang kala itu masih mendekam di sarang, begitu terbangun Novi langsung bergegas berayun menuju pohon kenari.

Para ranger optimis bahwa Novi bisa menjadi agen dalam meregenerasi hutan, setelah menemukan kotoran Novi bercampur dengan puluhan biji kenari tercecer jauh dari pohon induknya. (REZ)

ORANGUTANS THREATENED BY SML

Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP) suspects that the plantation business permit of SML in Batang Kawa sub-district, Lamandau district, Central Kalimantan is in the area of orangutan habitat. This is supported by the findings of orangutan nest right in the middle of the permit area for land clearing plan. It’s even strengthened by the survey conducted by Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) in 2015, in the report entitled “Population Survey and Conservation Management of Orangutans in the Palm Oil Plantation of PT. SML” stated that there were 28 nests with 6 lines of transects along 8500 meters that the orangutan population is estimated at 0,23 individuals/km2 in the area of PT.SML

COP team found piles of logging and a road devide the forest and also a forest area that had been evicted for oil palm plantation plan belong to SML. In the area of the planned land clearing block, there was at least 4 nests found that was located only 200-500 meters away.

COP suspects that at least 10.000 hectares of forested area that had been cleared for oil palm plantation. COP hopes that the remaining areas of orangutan habitat should be rescued immediately by stopping all the land clearing process for oil palm plantation. Ramadhani, the manager of COP Habitat Protection said, “ We have to push SML to stop all activities that endangered the orangutans, also request the Ministry of Environment and Forestry as soon as possible to re-verify the permits of SML plantation area that is suspected in the orangutan habitat area.”

For interview and further information please contact:
Ramadhani
Manager of COP Orangutan and Habitat Protection unit
HP : +62 813 4927 1904
Email : info@orangutanprotection.com

ORANGUTAN TERANCAM SML
Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP) menduga bahwa ijin usaha perkebunan milik SML di kecamatan Batang Kawa, kabupaten Lamandau, Kalimantan Tengah berada di kawasan yang merupakan habitat orangutan. Hal ini diperkuat dengan temuan sarang yang berada tepat di tengah ijin perencanaan pembukaan lahan. Hal ini semakin diperkuat dengan survei yang dilakukan Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) tahun 2015, dalam laporannya yang berjudul “Survei Populasi dan Pengelolaan Konservasi Orangutan di areal Perkebunan Kelapa Sawit PT. SML”, menyataan bahwa terdapat 28 sarang dengan 6 jalur transek sepanjang 8.500 meter diperkirakan terdapat 0,23 individu/km2 di area PT. SML.

Tim COP menemukan tumpukan kayu tebangan dan jalan blok membelah hutan serta kawasan hutan yang sudah digusur untuk perencanaan perkebunan kelapa sawit milik SML. Di area jalan blok perencanaan pembukaan lahan yang dimaksud ditemukan setidaknya ada 4 sarang yang berjarak hanya 200-500 meter.

COP menduga bahwa setidaknya ada kurang lebih 10.000 hektar kawasan berhutan yang telah dibuka menjadi perkebunan kelapa sawit. COP berharap kawasan tersisa yang merupakan habitat orangutan harus segera diselamatkan dengan menghentikan segala proses pembukaan hutan untuk dijadikan perkebunan kelapa sawit.

Ramadhani, Manajer Perlindungan Habitat COP menyatakan, “Kita harus mendorong SML untuk menghentikan aktifitas yang membahayakan orangutan ini, serta memohon Kementrian Lingkungan Hidup dan Kehutanan sesegera mungkin melakukan verifikasi ulang ijin perkebunan SML yang diduga berada di kawasan habitat orangutan.”.

Untuk wawancara dan informasi lebih lanjut dapat menghubungi :
Ramadhani
Manajer Perlindungan Habitat dan Orangutan COP
HP: +62 813 4927 1904
Email: info@orangutanprotection.com

COP AS THE BEST ENVIRONMENTAL CSO IN 2018

Today, the Center for Orangutan Protection received an Award from the Indonesian government as the best community organization of environment in 2018. The award was given directly by Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Tjahjo Kumolo. Besides the environmental sector, the government also gave awards to community organizations in health, education, culture, and other sectors.

This award was the first to be received by COP from the Indonesian government. COP was founded in 2007 and is the first and the only orangutan conservation organization native to Indonesia. The existence of COP has an impact not only for orangutans but also for local communities and various species of wildlife.

Thank you for all the trust and support of COP supporters and COP volunteers who are members of Orangufriends. This award belongs to all of you who have been working hard to combat wildlife crime.(IND)

COP SEBAGAI ORMAS LINGKUNGAN HIDUP TERBAIK 2018
Pada hari ini Pusat Perlindungan Orangutan mendapatkan Penghargaan dari Pemerintah Indonesia sebagai organisasi masyarakat di bidang lingkungan hidup terbaik tahun 2018. Penghargaan diberikan langsung oleh Menteri Dalam Negeri Tjahjo Kumolo. Selain bidang lingkungan hidup, pemerintah juga memberikan penghargaan kepada organisasi-organisasi masyarakat di bidang kesehatan, pendidikan, kebudayaan dan lain-lain.

Penghargaan ini adalah yang pertama diterima Pusat Perlindungan Orangutan atau lebih dikenal dengan Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP) dari pemerintah Indonesia. COP didirikan pada tahun 2007 dan merupakan oraganisasi konservasi orangutan yang pertama dan satu-satunya yang asli Indonesia. Keberadaan COP berdampak tidak hanya untuk orangutan tetapi juga untuk berbagai jenis satwa liar lainnya dan masyarakat setempat.

Terimakasih atas dukungan dan kepercayaan para pendukung COP dan relawan COP yang tergabung dalam orangufriends.

ORANGUTAN SHOULD NOT BE LIVING IN THAT WOODBOX

APE Defender team (18/10/18) check on the baby orangutan found by locals of Tepian Baru village, East Kutai, East Kalimantan at his rice field that was just cleared in 2014. Temporary examination shows that the orangutan is a 4-5 year old male orangutan.

“Condition of the orangutan is so skinny. Mistreatment can be the main factor that causing the bad condition of this orangutan.”, drh. Felicitas Flora said. The habits to feed him human food i.e rice with side-dishes will be a special notes on its rehabilitation process. “The little finger of his right foot is missing.” added the vet of APE Defender team.

Fortunately, the keeper was aware that this orangutan can not be that box of 1m x 1m x 0.5 continually, as the orangutan is getting bigger. Hopefully, the orangutan will already be in rehabilitation center.

“It’s not easy to rehabilitate an orangutan. At an early stage, an orangutan will undergo a series of medical examinations. An orangutan will also undergo a quarantine period for two months until all the medical examinations are done. If the orangutan passes that period, he will be joining the forest school class. His development will always be monitored, and the result of it will determine whether he will continue to pre-release class, or even release class, or not. This all cost a great amount of money and quite a long time. Do not pet orangutan! Immediately report if you see any orangutan living around humans.” Wety Rupiana, coordinator of COP Borneo orangutan rehabilitation centre explained. (SAR)

ORANGUTAN TIDAK SEHARUSNYA DI KANDANG KAYU ITU
Tim APE Defender (18/10/18) memeriksa bayi orangutan yang ditemukan warga Tepian Baru, Kutai Timur, Kalimantan Timur di ladang padinya yang baru dibuka pada 2014 silam. Pemeriksaan sementara meliputi jenis kelamin orangutan yaitu jantan dengan usia 4-5 tahun.

“Kondisi orangutan saat ini kurus. Penanganan yang salah bisa saja menjadi penyebab utama kondisi buruk orangutan ini.”, ujar drh. Felisitas Flora. Kebiasaan memberi makanan seperti makanan manusia yaitu nasi beserta lauknya akan menjadi catatan tersendiri proses rehabilitasi orangutan ini nantinya. “Jari kelingking kaki kanannya, tidak ada.”, tambah dokter hewan tim APE Defender ini.

Syukurlah pemelihara menyadari, bahwa orangutan tersebut tidak bisa terus menerus berada dalam kotak kayu berukuran 1m x 1m x 0,5m, seiring dengan bertambahnya usia orangutan. Tim segera berkoordinasi dengan BKSDA untuk mengevakuasi orangutan tersebut. Semoga minggu depan, orangutan tersebut sudah bisa masuk pusat rehabilitasi.

“Memang tidak mudah merehabilitasi orangutan. Untuk tahap awal, orangutan akan melalui serangkaian pemeriksaan medis. Orangutan juga akan menjalani masa karantina selama 2 bulan hingga hasil pemeriksaan kesehatanannya tuntas. Jika orangutan bisa melalui masa karantina tersebut, dia akan dimasukkan ke kelas sekolah hutan. Perkembangan akan terus dalam pantauan, dan hasilnya akan membawanya bisa lanjut ke kelas pra-rilis bahkan ke kelas rilis nantinya. Ini semuanya memakan biaya yang besar dan waktu yang tidak sebentar. Jangan pelihara orangutan! Segera laporkan jika kamu mengetahui keberadaan orangutan di tengah manusia.”, jelas Wety Rupiana, kordinator pusat rehabilitasi orangutan COP Borneo. (FLO)

THE MASSIVE AREA OF PALM OIL PLANTATION IN EAST KALIMANTAN

Trans Borneo Challenge #1 trip on October 13 was accompanied by an endless rain. Throughout their long trip, the team realized how huge the palm oil plantations in East Kalimantan is. The switch of team members cannot be avoided. Septian, who is a COP School Batch 6 alumni, must be replaced by Reza Kurniawan from COP School Batch 5.

An illegal orangutan ownership case is still found. Unyil, a baby orangutan from Meratak Village, East Kalimantan, looked thin. Unyil was sitting in an empty cage. “This is a dilemma. A local person, Mr. Jating, cannot let Unyil starving and fright alone in the middle of his field. When he found Unyil, he brought Unyil to have cared at his house” said Ibnu Anshari, an alumnus of COP School Batch 1 who was the Team Leader of the Trans Borneo Challenge #1 trail.

Finally, after 9 days of traveling from East Java, the team arrived at the COP Borneo orangutan rehabilitation center, Berau, East Kalimantan. What a challenging and interesting journey. The team witnessed the condition of our mother earth. They listen and see the loss of orangutan habitat in East Kalimantan, that are destroyed by the enormous palm oil business. (IND)

LUASNYA PERKEBUNAN KELAPA SAWIT KALIMANTAN TIMUR

Perjalanan Trans Borneo Challenge #1 pada 13 Oktober ditemani hujan tanpa henti. Sepanjang perjalanan tanpa putus perkebunan kelapa sawit membawa kami pada luasnya perkebunan kelapa sawit di Kalimantan Timur ini. Pergantian personal pun tak bisa dihindari. Septian yang merupakan alumni COP School Batch 6 harus digantikan Reza Kurniawan dari COP School Batch 5.

Kepemilikan ilegal orangutan pun masih dijumpai. Orangutan Unyil dari kampung Meratak, Kalimantan Timur terlihat kurus. Unyil pun masih terduduk di kandang kosong. “Ini adalah dilema, masyarakat tak tega membiarkan Unyil sendirian di tengah ladangnya saat ditemukan pertama kali. Unyil pun dibawa untuk dipelihara. Kasihan kata pak Jating.”, ujar Ibnu Anshari, alumni COP School Batch 1 yang merupakan ketua Tim trail Trans Borneo Challenge #1.

Akhirnya, setelah 9 hari melakukan perjalanan dari Jawa Timur, tim berhasil tiba di pusat rehabilitasi orangutan COP Borneo, Berau, Kalimantan Timur. Sebuah perjalanan yang menantang dan menarik. Tim menjadi saksi kondisi ibu bumi. Mendengarkan dan melihat langsung semakin hilangnya habitat orangutan di Kalimantan Timur.

SCHOOL VISIT AT VIDATRA JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

About 110 students from 7th and 8th grader at YPVDP Bontang Junior High School (Vidya Dahana Patra Education Foundation or better known as Vidatra Junior High) on Jalan Raya Badak PT. Badak LNG, gathered when our Trans Borneo Trail team visited their school on October 11, 2018.

It seems like the additional point promised by the school to their students makes the school visit very excited. Orangutans that are endemic to Borneo Island make students more focused and curious about why they are endangered. The Eyes of Earth team, who has been exploring East Kalimantan, describes the condition of the habitat of orangutans that are increasingly diminishing.

“Raising awareness at an early age is very important to understand various species of animals protected by the state. The problem faced by these animals must also be known so that the next generation can play an active role in maintaining its sustainability,” said Mr. Agung, The School Principal.

The Environmental Education Program, which is run at every school starting from elementary school, junior high school, and high school through the Adiwiyata Program, is expected to encourage students’ awareness about environment and conservation. (IND)

SCHOOL VISIT DI SMP VIDATRA
Sekitar 110 siswa kelas VII dan VIII SMP YPVDP Bontang (Yayasan Pendidikan Vidya Dahana Patra atau lebih dikenal dengan SMP Vidatra yang berada di Jalan Raya Badak, Komplek PT. Badak LNG berkumpul saat tim Trail Trans Borneo mengunjungi sekolah ini.

Sepertinya nilai tambahan yang dijanjikan pihak sekolah ke siswanya menjadikan school visit kali sangat bersemangat. Orangutan yang menjadi satwa endemik di Kalimantan membuat siswa lebih fokus dan penasaran kenapa berstatus terancam punah. Dengan epik nya tim Eyes of Earth yang sudah menelusuri Kalimantan Timur memaparkan kondisi habitat orangutan yang semakin berkurang.

“Pemahaman usia dini tentang penyadartahuan memang sangat penting untuk memahami satwa-satwa yang dilindungi oleh negara. Persoalan yang dihadapi satwa tersebut juga harus diketahui agar generasi berikutnya dapat berperan aktif menjaga kelestariannya.”, ujar bapak Agung, Wakil Kepala Sekolah.

Program Pendidikan Lingkungan Hidup yang dijalankan setiap sekolah mulai jenjang SD, SMP sampai SMA melalui program Adiwiyata diharapkan dan memupuk kepedulian siswa pada dunia konservasi lingkungan. (PETz)

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