Thursday, July 09, 2009

APP logging road threatens Orang Rimba

PEKANBARU (EoF News)— Encroachment and forest fires threatened Bukit Tigapuluh landscape ecosystem and marginalized indigenous Orang Rimba who protested logging road built by Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) associated company.

Husin, a head family of Orang Rimba who inhabits in Suo-suo village of southern Bukit Tigapuluh, in Jambi, complained over 45-km logging road that constructed by PT Wira Karya Sakti (WKS), an APP/Sinar Mas Group associated company.

“Forest clearing by the company (WKS) has affected to our livelihood which is deteriorating now,” he told Eyes on the Forest early June. Husin and generally Orang Rimba are dependent upon natural resources such forest products to survive and make money for their livelihood.