Friday, June 19th, 2009 - Australian Orangutan Project
On May 7, 2009, the Australian Orangutan Project, Humane Society International, Zoos South Australia, Dreamworld, Auckland Zoo and Australia Zoo published an open letter to Asia Pulp & Paper regarding the proposed conversion of 33,776 hectares of forest to pulp paper production in Sumatra, Indonesia.

http://www.orangutan.org.au/676.html

The group now publishes an open letter response to APP condemning the proposal and asking for clarification of the genuine commitment they express in protecting the Bukit Tigapuluh ecosystem.

The proposal of the Asia Pulp & Paper supplier threatens to destroy large areas of extremely high value tropical rainforest in Sumatra, which will significantly impact remaining populations of critically endangered species nearing extinction - including the Sumatran tiger, Sumatran elephant and Sumatran orangutan.

We now encourage you to support this vital campaign by reading the letter below and signing the online petition at http://www.gopetition.com.au/petitions/orangutan.html.

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Letter to Asia Pulp & Paper

Mr. Teguh Ganda Wijaya

Chief Executive Officer

Asia Pulp and Paper

C/O BII Plaza Twr. II, 19th Fl.

Jl. M.H. Thamrin 51 Jakarta 10350, Indonesia

RE: BUKIT TIGAPULUH ECOSYSTEM, SUMATRA, INDONESIA

10 June, 2009

Dear Mr. Teguh Wijaya

Thank you for your company’s detailed responses to our letters. We are always interested in dialogue that will lead to meaningful change.

Our door remains open, yet the facts remain that:

a) APP has not denied that it will source timber from its suppliers operating in the 33,776 hectares ex Dalek Hutani Esa concession,

b) APP has not lodged any objection to the proposed clearing of the 33,776 hectares ex Dalek Hutani Esa concession, and

c) APP has an opportunity to stop the clearing of this land and save the critically endangered wildlife but so far refuses to.

You are correct in your statement that you are easy targets, you are. Any company that seeks to deforest areas and threaten critically endangered species in 2009 will continue to incur the disgust of the public. We refute that economic development is best served by destroying rainforest, endangered species and indigenous communities.

We implore you to listen to your customers and issue a statement immediately that you will not support any more logging in this area and that you will actively campaign for its protection.

We also ask you to verify with a simple yes or no, if Asia Pulp & Paper or its partners/suppliers intend to operate or seek to source timber, now or in the future, within the proposed conservation areas marked yellow on the BTP maps below, as per the Rasionalisasi TNBT dan Perlindungan Habitat Harimau, Gajah dan Orang Utan Di Sekitar TNBT serta Perluasan Hutan Lindung Bukit Sosah - Bukit Limau di Provinsi Riau dan Jambi submitted to the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry on 3 September 2007.

Yours sincerely,

Leif Cocks:                  President, Australian Orangutan Project

Michael Kennedy:        Director, Humane Society International

Chris West:                  CEO, Zoos South Australia

Al Mucci:                     Director, Dreamworld              

Jonathan Wilcken:       Director, Auckland Zoo

Kelsey Mostyn:            Senior Curator, Australia Zoo


For further information, please contact: Brianna Power via details below or Leif Cocks (AOP) on 1300 733 273 or via info at affinitymarketing.com.au.

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The Australian Orangutan Project (AOP) is a not-for-profit organisation, supporting orangutan conservation, habitat protection and orphan care in order to save the species from extinction. http://www.orangutan.org.au
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