September 25, 2019

Injured Tapanuli orangutan continues to recover

JAKARTA( - The Indonesian Environment and Forestry Ministry reports that the injured Tapanuli orangutan evacuated from nearby North Sumatra’s Batang Toru hydroelectric power development project continues to receive intensive recovery treatment.

Wiratno, the Ministry's Director General of Nature Resources and Ecosystem Conservation, said (Sep 24) that the injured Tapanuli orangutan was in a relatively stable condition in his quarantine cage.

According to Wiratno, in addition to ensuring that the injured orangutan recovers as quickly as possible, the ministry is also conducting a ground investigation into the case on the orders of Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya.

"All of these efforts must go hand in hand. The intensive treatment of the injured orangutan and a comprehensive investigation. These are two key orders from our minister," Wiratno explained.

The photos below show the condition of Paya, the injured orangutan, in his quarantine cage (Sep 23), with the director general expressing his optimism about the orangutan's successful recovery.

Director General Wiratno described how the ministry team is continuing to identify locations that need to be monitored as a top priority, both in and around the hydropower project, in order to prevent potential recurrences of what happened to the injured Tapanuli orangutan.

He also emphasized that ongoing efforts to optimize protection for Tapanuli orangutans over the course of the hydropower project development process are required, both on the ground and at the policy level.

The director general pointed out that such efforts are not confined to the government, insisting that the hydropower project developer PT NSHE must also be in the front line of ensuring that a set of best practices exists for providing maximum protection to Tapanuli orangutans.

“We need to make sure that the Batang Toru hydropower project developer does not weaken its protection of Tapanuli orangutans,” he stressed.

“Our minister’s order to PT NSHE that the company revise its Environmental Impact Assessment (AMDAL) document is one way of guaranteeing that Tapanuli orangutans get the highest level of protection,” he added. 

“The AMDAL revision must be finished as soon as possible in light of the incident of this injured Tapanuli orangutan,” he demanded.