Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Durkan fights for orangutans

Mark Durkan's concern for the natural world continues. He has signed a parliamentary motion on the plight of orangutans in Borneo and Sumatra, which are threatened with extinction.

Palm-oil production companies have destroyed 6.5 million hectares of the rainforest habitat and most of the logging taking place is illegal.

Mr Durkan wants the UK to talk to Indonesia about this critical situation – there are only 6,600 orangutans left in Sumatra and 54,000 in Borneo.

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