Archive | April 2007

Orangutan habitat all but destroyed by 2022

The tropical forests of South East Asia, important for local livelihoods and the last home of the orangutan are disappearing far faster than experts have previously supposed according to a new Rapid Response report from The UN Environment Programme.

The report says that natural rainforests of Sumatra and Borneo are being cleared so rapidly that up to 98% may be destroyed by 2022 unless urgent action is taken now. The rate of loss, which has accelerated in the past five years, outstrips a previous UNEP report released in 2002. Then, experts estimated that most of the suitable orangutan habitat would be lost by 2032.