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Indonesia has one of the highest rates of tropical forest loss in the world, and illegal logging and forest clearance for palm oil production is rife. The orangutan serves as a barometer for the health of the rainforests in this area and its numbers are in steep decline. Almost 90% of orangutan habitat has disappeared with some populations being halved in the past 15 years. From a total remaining population of less than 60,000 an estimated 5,000 are lost each year - at current rates the species is 12 years from extinction. Tanjung Puting National Park in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia is the world's most reknowned and prestigious national park for orang-utan conservation and is deemed essential to the species survival. However this park is still threatened by illegal logging and the advancing frontier of palm oil development. Restore UK has donated to the Orangutan Foundation to support their vital work to protect this area by preventing illegal logging, the arbitary granting of palm oil concessions and the illegal clearance of land for palm oil by fire - all of which continue to threaten destruction of this precious habitat.http://www.restoreuk.org/projectsww.php?prj=29
We do not have the moral right to destroy this wonder of the natural world. We are at the very last tick of the clock. We have to take this opportunity and if we do not do something to protect these forests we have betrayed the generations that come after us.
Sir David Attenborough
Speech on Rainforests to Business Leaders, Mansion House, London, 2008