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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Tiger pursued by a Bulldozer

It's depressing that a video camera hidden in an Indonesian forest has captured footage of a rare Sumatran tiger in the wild and a bulldozer clearing the same area a week later for palm oil plantations. That's what the WWF are reporting.

Ian Kosasih of WWF Indonesia said:

If we look at the status of the area, it is not an area dedicated for palm oil, which indicates this might be illegal clearing.This tells us that law enforcement is weak and improvement is needed.

Auria Ibrahim, the forestry department's director general for forest protection, told Reuters the area was not classified as conservation forest.

Indonesia plans a two-year moratorium on new permits to clear natural forest, under a $1 billion deal with Norway aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation.

Daniel Murdiyarso, a scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research said:

Conflicting spatial planning is the general problem. Everybody has their own idea of land classification. If someone says this area is protected but another says it is not, that's the problem.

The role of coordinating agencies should be strengthened.


Cindy said...

Thank you for your nice comments on my Wessex photos .... we didn't walk down nor up Gold Hill on this occasion as mum would probably have got stuck half-way down or half-way up! My dog Pixie went into Salisbury cathedral, for a quick look, but we didn't, however, she told us how beautiful and how very big it was.

Tricia said...

So much of the world's wildlife seems at risk from human beings these days! It's sad that this is occurring and so little is able to be done to prevent this happening!!