Target: Governor Zaini Abdullah
Goal: Protect a spectacular rainforest and stronghold of biological diversity from destruction
The tropical rainforests of Indonesia, in Southeast Asia, are among the most biologically diverse places on the planet, home to some of the world’s most spectacular animals. However, they are also highly endangered, with deforestation pushing animals like the orangutan and tiger close to the brink of extinction. Now, an international effort is needed to save these and other species.
There is just one place in the world where five of Southeast Asia’s most spectacular animals – orangutans, elephants, rhinoceroses, tigers, and sun bears – all occur in their natural habitat together. That place is the Leuser Ecosystem, located in Indonesia’s Aceh province. This ecosystem is threatened by plans to increase mining, logging, and industrial agriculture. But local Indonesians who depend on the forest for their way of life are rallying to save the Leuser Ecosystem, calling for its protection as a World Heritage Site. Sign this petition to support them.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) uses World Heritage Site designations to recognize places of exceptional cultural or biological importance. Though the designation does not guarantee protection, it does help focus international attention on the importance the sites, and can result in more resources being channeled to protect them. Existing World Heritage Sites include Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Yellowstone National Park, and the Serengeti of Tanzania.
The Leuser Ecosystem deserves to be recognized as a World Heritage Area and protected, before it’s too late. Sign the petition to call on Aceh Governor Zaini Abdullah to nominate this area for World Heritage designation, and protect this incredible ecosystem.
Dear Governor Abdullah,
We, the undersigned, urge you to nominate the Leuser Ecosystem for designation as a World Heritage Site. This area’s tropical forests are regarded as among the most biologically diverse on the planet, but without an international conservation effort they may soon disappear. Please take the first step to make the Lueser Ecosystem a World Heritage Site, and work to protect this special place from logging, mining, and the expansion of industrial agriculture.
As you know, industries that profit by destroying rainforests are pushing to open new areas in the Leuser ecosystem for timber and mineral extraction, as well as industrial agriculture. Please don’t let this happen; these forests are too precious to lose. Rather than let the Leuser Ecosystem be destroyed, we urge you to pursue conservation efforts with the communities who depend on the forest for their way of life.
Nominating the Leuser Ecosystem for World Heritage Site designation would be a positive first step toward protecting this area for future generations. Please, help make sure the Leuser Ecosystem gets the protection it deserves.
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