Authorities Step Up Action against Illegal Loggers Threatening the Last Orangutans

06th Jun 2007 Press Releases

Authorities Step Up Action against Illegal Loggers Threatening the Last Orangutans

 The Hague/Nairobi, June 2007 – The plight of the ‘old man of the forest’ may be a little brighter today as a result of crack downs by Indonesian authorities on illegal timber smuggling.

But the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is warning that the future of the orangutan, the rainforests of south East Asia and the people whose livelihoods rely on these ecosystems will ultimately depend on international support and regional cooperation especially from timber importing countries.

In recent weeks the Indonesian authorities have stepped up action against the illegal timber trade seizing 30,000 cubic meters of processed wood in Nunukan, East Kalimantan and arresting six people.