28 Jan '13, 12am

Large blocks of Sumatra's endangered rainforest may be put up for mining, logging

Rainforest in the Leuser Ecosystem Area The Indonesian province of Aceh on the western tip of the island of Sumatra may be preparing to lift the protected status of key areas of lowland rainforest potentially ending its bid to earn carbon credits from forest conservation and putting several endangered species at increased risk, according to reports. Under a draft plan developed by the Aceh parliament's spatial planning committee, some 71,857 hectares of protected areas will lose their protected status and be turned over for logging, mining, and conversion for plantations. While the area represents two percent of Aceh's forests, which presently cover 55 percent of the province's land mass, it includes some of Sumatra's increasingly rare lowland forests. Aceh has the most extensive forest cover left in Sumatra, where vast swathes of forest -- 40 percent of its primary forest...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0128-aceh-logging-spatial-p...

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