What's at Stake in Borneo
Disappointed community members watching an excavator tearing down and digging a drainage canal in one of the last areas of natural forest remaining in the buffer zone of the park. In the same passing moments that we watched, horrified, an irreplaceable, high density plot of biodiversity falling before our eyes, two FNPF staff yelled for us to look up and see the two horn bills flying over head and the rare red langur monkey peering at us through the trees.
A delegation from RAN's agribusiness team attended the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) meeting in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo to advocate for human rights and land tenure rights, promote zero deforestation commitments, and demonstrate the need for value chain safeguards. After the RSPO conference Lafcadio Cortesi and Ashley Schaeffer visited Tanjung Puting National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and one of the last strongholds of the endangered orangutan. The team toured an area of active deforestation and tense social conflict involving the company PT Bumi Lenggeng, a subsidiary of BW Plantation - an RSPO member company that operates about 100,000 ha. of oil palm plantations in Central and Eastern Kalimantan.