Save Aceh Campaign
In addition to our ongoing campaign to save and restore the Tripa peat swamps, the SOCP is also trying to block a new spatial plan being pushed by the Government of Aceh that will legalise numerous new roads through Aceh’s forests and open up vast new areas to new timber, mining and plantation concessions. This new spatial plan completely ignores existence of the Leuser Ecosystem, a National Strategic Area for its Environmental Function and one of a number of key habitats recognized as the World’s Most Irreplaceable Areas in a recent publication in the journal Science. The Aceh Governor is simultaneously drafting a new regulation that clearly states that the Leuser Ecosystem is now ‘open for business’ and encourages applications for new permits throughout its most important lowland regions.
If approved, this new plan and the new regulation will result in the rapid devastation of most of Aceh’s remaining lowland forests, the last stronghold for the Sumatran orangutan, tiger, rhino and elephant. This also totally undermines the legal status of the world renowned Leuser Ecosystem. What’s more, it will not only seriously impact biodiversity and regional carbon emissions, but also seriously jeopardize the lives and livelihoods of many thousands of Aceh’s 4 million people. Flash floods already kill hundreds in Aceh each year and floods and droughts have major impacts on agricultural production. Human deaths and economic losses to local communities will both increase dramatically if these developments are not immediately halted.
These new developments MUST BE STOPPED NOW!
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