17 December 2008

[sobat-hutan] Re: [Pers] COP PRESS RELEASE: Kalimantan community protest palm oil through

 
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"Jangan rebut hutan kami": Masyarakat Desa Tura

SIARAN PERS

Jakarta, 16 Desember 2008 – Sekitar 15.000 hektar hutan tempat bertumpunya hidup 2.500 jiwa penduduk di desa Tura, Tumbang Tanjung dan Tumbang Lahang di sepanjang aliran Sungai Katingan, Kalimantan Tengah saat ini terancam musnah demi perluasan perkebunan kelapa sawit. Kekhawatiran masyarakat ini dituangkan dalam film yang berjudul "Petak Danum Itah" atau "Tanah Air Kami". Film yang dibuat sendiri oleh masyarakat desa Tura, dengan dukungan Centre for Orangutan Protection ini secara perdana diputar hari ini di Jakarta.

 "Saya bisa membayangkan bagaimana sengsaranya kami kalau hutan tempat kami mengumpulkan rotan dan berladang dibabat habis untuk perkebunan kelapa sawit. Apa lagi yang akan kami wariskan kepada anak cucu kami nanti. Presiden Indonesia harus tahu bahwa sumber penghidupan kami direbut oleh perusahaan kelapa sawit," kata Daryatmo, kepala desa Tumbang Tura, salah satu desa di Kecamatan Pulau Malan.

"Kami sudah mendengar keluhan kawan-kawan kami dari desa dekat sini yang telah menyerahkan hutan adat mereka kepada perusahaan kelapa sawit. Mereka sebagian besar tidak dapat lagi mengumpulkan rotan dan menyadap karet yang pendapatannya lumayan mencukupi dan sebagian besar pekerja perusahaan diambil dari luar daerah sehingga penduduk tidak lagi dapat penghasilan yang memadai. Ikan juga tidak ada lagi karena air sungai tercemar," kata Daryatmo dalam acara pemutaran film tersebut.

Setidaknya ada 15 perusahaan yang telah mendapatkan konsesi untuk membabat hutan dan menanam kelapa sawit di kawasan itu. Berdasarkan survey Yayasan BOS dan Departemen Kehutanan pada Desember 2006, setidaknya terdapat 1.500 orangutan di 3 areal konsesi PT. Makin Group yang berada di sepanjang aliran sungai Katingan. Jika dilakukan survey menyeluruh di kawasan tersebut, bisa jadi kawasan itu merupakan spot keragaman hayati Indonesia yang luar biasa.

"COP memutuskan untuk bekerja di desa Tura. Targetnya jelas: selamatkan hutan. Ini tidak saja akan menyelamatkan 1500 orangutan tetapi juga penghidupan masyarakat," kata Novi Hardianto, Habitat Program Coordinator dari Centre for Orangutan Protection.

 

Kontak:

Daryatmo, Kepala Desa Tumbang Tura, 085251276982

Novi Hardianto, Habitat Program Coordinator, 0819 817911

Email: forest4@cop.or.id



"Do not grab our forest": The people of Tura

PRESS RELEASE

Jakarta, 16 December 2008 – Around 15,000 hectares of community forest in Central Kalimantan will be cleared for the expansion of palm oil plantations, threatening the livelihood of more than 2,500 people. The community of Tura, Tumbang Tanjung and Tumbang Lahang villages along the Katingan river, are concerned of the impending disaster that will come when their forest is taken away by the companies. Their apprehension is expressed in a film, titled "Petak Danum Itah" or "Our Homeland", made by the community themselves with the support of the Centre for Orangutan Protection was premiered in Jakarta today.

"I can imagine what a nightmare it will be for us if the forest where we gather rattan and farm will be cleared away to make way for the palm oil plantations. What else will our grandchildren inherit? The President of Indonesia should know that our livelihood is being taken away by these palm oil companies," said Daryatmo, the village head of Tumbang Tura, one of the villages in the district of Pulau Malan.

"We have heard horror stories from our friends in neighbouring villages that had given up their ancestral land to the palm oil companies. Most of them are not able to gather rattan and tap rubber anymore. It was their main source of income and now most of the workers in the plantation come from outside the area and took away even the only other option to make a living. They cannot even catch fish because the river is polluted," he said at the film preview.

At least 15 companies have received concession rights to clear the forest and plant palm oil in the area. According to a survey by BOS Foundation and the Ministry of Forestry in December 2006, at least 1,500 orangutans inhabit three concession areas of PT Makin Group along the Katingan River. A total clearing of the area will wipe out the endangered species and the possibility of preserving an area, that if a thorough survey is carried out may have an astounding wealth of biodiversity.

 "COP decided to work with the people of Tura village. The objective is clear: to save the forest. This will not only save at least 1,500 orangutans but also the lives of thousands of people dependent on the forest,"said Novi Hardianto, Habitat Program Coordinator of the Centre for Orangutan Protection.

 

Contacts:

Daryatmo, Tumbang Tura village head, +62 852 51276982

Novi Hardianto, COP Habitat Program Coordinator, +62 819 817911

Email: forest4@cop.or.id


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