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The challenge to protect orangutan

  • Agus Djoko Ismanto

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 23 2019   /  01:06 am

Ahead of International Orangutan Day on Aug. 19, the Indonesian government warned that only 23 percent of the world’s orangutan population would remain in the next 100 to 500 years. Indonesia is home to 60,060 orangutans, most of the approximately 71,820 orangutans in the world, and has a unique responsibility to protect and rebuild the orangutan population and the habitats that sustain them.The alert was raised to coincide with the release of the government’s 2019-2029 Orangutan Conservation Strategy and Action Plan (SRAK 2019-2029), based on Environment and Forestry Ministerial Decree No. 308/2019. The plan is a reference for all parties concerned about the plight of orangutans.Orangutans live in 51 subpopulations in the wild, of which 10 are located in Sumatra, 29 in Kalimantan and 12 in Malaysia. Sadly, if current trends in land use and orangutan mortality continue, the Seruyan-S...