29 Nov '16, 11am

Indonesian court shuts down legal challenge to Aceh land-use plan

In a blow to rainforest conservation on Indonesia’s main western island of Sumatra, a court today dismissed a class-action lawsuit aiming to force the Aceh provincial government to mention the Leuser Ecosystem in its land-use plan. The decision is a major roadblock for conservationists across the world and for citizens of Aceh who had hoped to secure the protected status of what is one of the archipelago country’s last great swaths of intact rainforest, home to critically endangered rhinos, tigers, elephants and orangutans. Five million people rely for clean water on Leuser’s forests, which also constitute a bulwark against natural disasters. Deforestation in Aceh Tamiang district, for example, caused flash floods that displaced tens of thousands of people in 2006. International notoriety around the plan to undermine Leuser’s protected status increased earlier this year wh...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2016/11/indonesian-court-shuts-...

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