In cooperation with the Ministry of Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia, the Government of Central Kalimantan Province, the Government of Murung Raya Regency, and the Central Kalimantan Conservation and Natural Resources Authority, BOS Foundation is reintroducing eleven orangutans in the Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest on March 30-31, 2012. These eleven orangutans will join the four orangutans that were successfully released last month on February 28, 2012 and are part of the 40 orangutans planned to be released by BOS Foundation throughout the year 2012.
Nyaru Menteng, Central Kalimantan, March 29, 2012. After a successful release of four orangutans on February 28 in the Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest, eleven orangutans are now in the final preparation stage to be released in the same region. This release will be conducted on March 30-31, 2012 by The Central Kalimantan Orangutan Reintroduction Project (Nyaru Menteng) of The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF).
“On March 30, 2012, eleven individuals accompanied by the BOSF Release Team will depart from Tjilik Riwut Airport, Palangka Raya to Puruk Cahu. After spending a night in transitory enclosures located in an area belonging to PT Indo Muro Kencana-Straits, the orangutans will be transported from Puruk Cahu to be released in Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest on March 31, 2012,” said Anton Nurcahyo, Nyaru Menteng Program Manager.
The eleven orangutans are healthy and ready to be reintroduced in their natural habitat. They have been in quarantine at the BOSF animal health facility in Nyaru Menteng for the necessary period.
In addition to the above-mentioned government institutions as well as the global and local partners who have supported BOSF over the years, the private sector has also cooperated and assisted in the release of orangutans. “We are grateful that the private sector has also helped us release the orangutans, such as BHP Billiton – IndoMet Coal, PT. Indo Muro Kencana-Straits, PT. Adaro Energy, Tbk and PT. Citra Borneo Indah,” added Anton.
Release activites will continue for the next 3 – 5 years in the effort to support the fulfillment of the government’s promise stated in the Indonesian Orangutan Conservation Action Plan 2007 – 2017, which was proclaimed by the President of the Republic of Indonesia during the Climate Change Conference in Bali in 2007. On the Action Plan, it was also asserted that all orangutans currently residing in rehabilitation centers must be returned to their natural habitat no later than 2015.
There are still more than 600 orangutans who are waiting for release from Nyaru Menteng. If more suitable land that meet the criteria are made available, then the government’s promise on the Action Plan can be realized.
Dr. Jamartin Sihite, the CEO of BOSF said, “These first two releases have been carefully planned, coordinated with all stakeholders and in line with IUCN standards and the national guidelines. This detailed and thorough planning will be a strong foundation for subsequent releases, which will continue to be conducted for several years into the future.”
In relation to land requirements to release orangutans, the Forestry Minister, Zulkifli Hasan stated during the first release, “Looking ahead, the Ministry of Forestry will stick with our commitment, which is to provide and allocate more ecosystem restoration concessions that meet the conditions as orangutan habitat, to release orangutans. To that end, we also need the support and the same commitment from the Regency Government and the Provincial Government.”
In line with the Forestry Minister’s statement, Dr. Willy M Yoseph, the Regent of Murung Raya also said, “Hopefully, this activity will be a positive trigger for other regencies in Central Kalimantan to also support such activities and allocate some of their areas for orangutans, so that we can find many orangutan release sites in Central Kalimantan.”
“Additionally, if orangutan releases can be conducted in conservation areas allocated by companies with licenses to operate in Murung Raya, then these companies should openly seek cooperation with the Regency Government, the Central Kalimantan Conservation and Natural Resources Authority and also with NGOs,” he added.
By law, orangutans that have been reintroduced are the responsibility of the Central Kalimantan Conservation and Natural Resources Authority. In practice, the Chief of the Central Kalimantan Conservation and Natural Resources Authority is expecting the continous support and cooperation between the Government of Murung Raya Regency and BOSF.
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