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Learn More About: Thank Indonesian Officials for Protecting Sumatra's Forests


Bornean orangutan.
Station Sumatra, Indonesia

* The Issue and Latest Status
An historic milestone for conservation has been achieved in Sumatra - the world’s sixth largest island and the only place on Earth where tigers, elephants, rhinos and orangutans co-exist.

To protect Sumatra’s remaining forests, a declaration has been endorsed by provincial governments across Sumatra, as well as by the Indonesian government. This commits the governors of eight Sumatran provinces, along with the Indonesian ministries of Forestry, Environment, Interior and Public Works, to restoring critical ecosystems in Sumatra and protecting the island’s amazing biodiversity.

The governors will now work together to develop plans that will serve as the basis for future sustainable development on the island. WWF and its partners in Sumatra have agreed to work with the authorities and help make this commitment a reality. This declaration is great news in the effort to protect what remains of Sumatra’s species-rich forests and critical areas.

* What's at Stake

The Indonesian island of Sumatra holds some of the world’s most diverse -- and endangered -- forests, which provide livelihoods for millions of people and shelter some of the world’s rarest species. But since the 1980s Sumatra has lost nearly 50 percent of its forest cover to logging and agriculture.

To make things even worse, the island’s peat forests also sit on top some of the deepest peat soil anywhere in the world so deep that it may constitute Southeast Asia’s largest carbon store. The clearing of these forests disturbs these peat soils, resulting in a major release of carbon emissions that contribute to climate change.

Sumatra forests
Alain COMPOST / WWF-Canon

* How You Can Help

Sign our petition to thank Indonesian officials and urge them to continue their efforts and save Sumatra’s forests.

- Send your friends one of our e-postcards and urge them to take this action.

*  For More Information

Learn more about the Indonesian officials' commitments.

Learn more about WWF’s work in Borneo and Sumatra.

If you have any questions or problems with taking action, contact WWF at

Thank you for your help. Working together, we can help save the spectacular and biodiversity-rich forests of Sumatra.


Sybille Klenzendorf

Sybille Klenzendorf, PhD
Managing Director
Species Conservation Program
World Wildlife Fund