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RSPO a real threat to orangutans: Group

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 5 2008   /  11:29 am

Orangutans in the wild remain under serious threat of extinction, despite claims by palm oil firms of applying eco-friendly work practices, an environmental group said Thursday. The Center for Orangutan Protection (COP) said palm oil companies' refusal to approve a moratorium on forest and peatland conversion could speed up the extinction of the protected apes, particularly those living outside conservation areas. "The palm oil producers are exploiting the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to build a 'green' image," said Novi Hardianto, the COP's habitat program manager. "The fact is there is no proven link between RSPO guidelines and clear-cutting of forests for palm oil plantations." He said while palm oil industry was busy discussing RSPO criteria, forest clearing continued unabated, killing orangutans in the process. &q...