E-MAIL ACTION ALERT! SAVE THE WORLD’S RAREST RHINO’S HABITAT!
JOIN H.A.N.D.S. & FRIENDS OF BORNEO TO PUT INTO LAW THE ORANG UTAN STATE ACTION PLAN!
200-250 SUMATRAN RHINO ARE LEFT IN THE WORLD. They are critically endangered since 1986. The Sumatran Rhino shares its habitat with the Borneo Orangutan. One species of this rare “hairy rhino” only exists in Sabah, Borneo, the site of our action.
Per our prior post, we are partnering to ensure that Borneo enacts legislation to support Borneo’s Director of the Sabah Wildlife Department Dr. Laurentius Ambu’s brilliant Orang Utan State Action Plan that will preserve critical rainforest habitat for Orangutans, Sumatran Rhino and other endangered species, while allowing for agricultural development elsewhere. The plan was very well received this week.
Your e-mails are the firepower to make this legislation happen. If you have already e-mailed our prior letter, please ask your friends to do the same.
Please copy the e-mail below into a new e-mail. IF YOU MODIFY THE E-MAIL, IT IS CRITICAL THAT YOU BE POLITE AND RESPECTFUL OR YOU WILL HURT OUR CAUSE!
As global citizens, we strongly support the Sabah Wildlife Department’s Orang Utan State Action Plan (“SAP”), presented this week at the Sabah Wildlife Conservation Dialogue sessions to Government officials, the Malaysian Palm Oil Council, corporate representatives, and other key stakeholders.
Sabah is a critical biodiversity hotspot for orangutan, forest elephants, and many other species. It is crucial that all stakeholders unite to implement the SAP swiftly to ensure: 1) habitat and species recovery, and 2) best practices in sustainable forestry, agriculture, tourism, and community development, specifically:
1. For the State, to officially create, empower and mandate the “Sabah Orangutan Alliance” (SOCA) for developing a venue for better communication and collaboration between all partners involved in orangutan conservation. SOCA will be lead by the Sabah Wildlife Department and will gather all state agencies and relevant partners to tackle orangutan conservation. SOCA will be the owner and primary lead in charge of implementing this SAP.
2. Every Management Plan designed for any natural forest or any plantation with orangutans must be in line with the recommendations outlined in this SAP.
3. All forests holding significant populations of orangutans that are not protected for conservation must not be converted to industrial tree or agricultural plantations. Further, all such forests must be demonstrably well managed under sustainable natural forest management practices.
4. Forest fragments inhabited by and important for orangutans shall be connected through wildlife corridors or additional patches of forest or other connectivity schemes as deemed necessary by the Sabah Wildlife Department.
5. Improving current agricultural practices in large-scale plantations and also small holdings or private orchards by introducing effective mitigation features, either by physical construction or by establishing conflict mitigation units,
6. Developing guidelines, policies and procedures for sustainable and responsible orangutan tourism while ensuring that a percentage of the resulting tourism revenues goes directly to programs that will aid community development projects.
7. Developing a strategy for the rescue, the rehabilitation and the release of orangutans, together with the implementation of proper post-release monitoring and evaluation.
8. Production and dissemination of conservation education materials to enhance public awareness about orangutan in the State.
By prioritizing these SAP initiatives and making them a reality, the Government will preserve one of the world’s finest virgin rainforests; ensure the survival of its iconic Orang Utan, Proboscis Monkeys, elephants, Sumatran Rhinoceros, hornbills, et al.; and generate revenues from both research and responsible tourism to support community development. By creating this rainforest sanctuary—with sustainable agricultural development located outside the sanctuary— the Government will create a world-class model for best practices in conservation management and agro-industry business.
We wish you full success in achieving this strategic vision. Please be assured of our continued support.