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INDONESIA RAINFOREST

The forests of Indonesia, along with the thousands of animals and plants that live there, are facing grave danger as they are destroyed at an alarming rate due to massive illegal logging and clearing for palm oil plantations. These tropical forests are of global importance, ranked second in terms of size to those of Brazil and covering over 406,000 square miles. The rapid deterioration of tropical forests is causing an incalculable loss in terms of biodiversity and is pushing species such as the orangutan ever closer to extinction.

Indonesia's forests represent 10% of the world's remaining tropical rainforests and cover about 260 million acres. According to the European League, by 2001 Indonesia has lost 99 million acres of forest in the last 32 years, which is equivalent to the combined size of Germany and the Netherlands. The current rate of forest loss is about 6.2 million acres a year, but the rate is accelerating. (Source Orangutan Foundation International and Orangutan.Org)

Unfortunately, illegal logging and forest fires continue to threaten the survival of the park. We aim to promote ecotourism in Kalimantan as a viable way of protecting the forest, its wildlife and promoting welfare of local communities.