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Clarification from North Sumatra Conservation Agency

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    North Sumatra Conservation Agency

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Jakarta | Fri, August 4, 2017 | 05:04 pm
Clarification from North Sumatra Conservation Agency A group of scientists are now describing the Batang Toru orangutan as a new critically endangered species that is being threatened by relocation from is primary habitat in the name of development. (Jonas Landolt/Jonas Landolt)

Regarding The Jakarta Post article titled "Orangutan conservation: Government agencies no 'cleaning service'" posted by Erik Meijaard on July 20, we would like to clarify the substance of the article:

1. We are obliged to protect any endangered species, i.e. the Sumatran Orangutan in North Sumatra. This obligation is the embodiment of Law No. 5/1990.

2. The North Sumatra Conservation Agency (NSCA) has never envisaged relocating any orangutan or other endangered species in Batang Toru, vis-a-vis PT North Sumatra Hydro Energy's (NSHE) project. As a matter of fact, the proposed translocation of PT NSHE cannot be fulfilled as agreed in the aforementioned meeting in the article.

3. As a credible media and researcher, we deeply regret the publication of the above article without fully reliable facts concerning the issue.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official stance of The Jakarta Post.

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