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Indonesia | Provincial government vows no new development in Gunung Leuser NP

ACEH, Indonesia — Officials in the Indonesian province of Aceh have vowed to safeguard the last known habitat shared by tigers, orangutans, rhinos and elephants, but concerns abound that the proposed protections are limited in scope.

The provincial government, which enjoys a degree of autonomy from the central government in Jakarta, has declared there will be no infrastructure projects developed inside the Gunung Leuser National Park. The park is part of the Leuser Ecosystem, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the only known habitat on Earth home to critically endangered Sumatran tigers (Panthera tigris sondaica), orangutans (Pongo abelii), rhinos (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) and elephants (Elephas maximus sumatranus).


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