Protection and restoration of peat areas for orangutans

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Authors: 
Doug Cress, Johannes Refisch, Julien Simery and Serge Wich
Book (published in): 
Proceedings of the 15th International Peat Congress
Venue: 
Kuching
Year: 
2016
Keywords: 
Great Apes Survival Partnership, peatlands, pulp plantations, palm plantations

Summary:

Large areas of peat swamps in Southeast Asia have been converted through agro-industrial development to palm or pulp plantations over the last 25 years, and today only about 34% of the original peatlands remain under natural forest cover. Lowland humid tropical peat swamp forests are important habitat for Orangutan – which are found only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra - and other endangered species. Recently, vast forest areas have been affected by fires and the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) estimates that 28.4% of those fires in Borneo occurred within Orangutan habitat. As critical habitat for Orangutan, the peat forests in Indonesia and Malaysia...