29 Jun '11, 6am

New deal for orangutans ~ ~ #wildlife #conservation #biodiversity

New deal for orangutans ~ ~ #wildlife #conservation #biodiversity

Oil palm plantations - a huge problem for orangutans but also potentially a key to their survival. Photo: freeonlinepicture.net A new tri-party agreement on the protection of the Bornean orangutan in Kalimantan, Indonesia will give Singapore-based Wilmar International, one of the world’s largest palm oil producers, a chance to prove it can be part of a sustainable future for the apes. Details of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed by Wilmar, the independent non-profit Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) and the government of Central Kalimantan, were released in a statement last week. The three signatories agreed to a formal partnership aimed at long-term protection of the orangutans and their habitat. Wilmar’s head of corporate social responsibility, Jeremy Goon, said the company had been in discussions with BOSF for some time on how to address the plight...

Full article: http://www.eco-business.com/features/new-deal-for-orangut...

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