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Burning rainforests on Borneo and Sumatra to make space for palm oil plantations is one of the greatest threats to orangutans. Photo: UNEP GRID Arendal/Peter Prokosch

29 July 2015 – The massive conversion of Borneo’s forests for the production palm oil together with the impact of climate change is driving to extinction the orangutan on Asia’s largest island, making it “clear that a future without sustainable development will be a future with a different climate and, eventually, without orangutans, one of our closest relatives,” a new United Nations report revealed today.

Read more: Orangutans face extinction on Borneo where deforestation is ‘simply unsustainable’ – UN

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Mangrove forests on Lake Tabarisia, Papua province (Flickr/ CIFOR)

Indonesia, one of the world’s largest carbon emitters, would take a major step towards losing that tag by protecting its massive mangrove forests, according to new research.

Read more: Mangroves rooted in Indonesia’s climate target

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Rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo: Peter Prokosch, GRID Arendal

Jakarta, 8 July 2015 - Further degradation of Indonesia's forests could impact the national economy and the lives of millions, according to a new UN study titled "Indonesia Forest Ecosystem Valuation". The report finds that an additional US $600 million annually is needed to maintain Indonesian current forest cover and enable forests to deliver critical ecosystem services to the Indonesian economy - with REDD+ acting as a catalyst for the rehabilitation of forest and forest ecosystem services.

Read more: Investment of $600 Million a Year Required to Maintain Indonesia's Forest Cover, Critical to...

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