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After many years of hard work with local government and provincial government, most of the forest previously allocated as ‘Production Forest’ [open for logging and other extractive uses] was finally changed to ‘Protection Forest’ under the Forestry Minister’s Decree no. 579/2014.

STATUS CHANGE

The table shows the areas in hectares of each of the forest function categories for the remaining primary forest areas in Batang Toru.

Forest Area / 141,749 HA

85%120,801 HA

Protection Forest / Conservation

85.2%

2%3,248 HA

Production Forest

2.3%

13%17,700 HA

For other uses

12.5%

Tapanuli Utara

86,401 HA

Forest Area
61%

61%

Protection Forest / Conservation
93%80,106 HA

92.7%

Production Forest
1%180 HA

0.2%

For Other Uses
6%6,114 HA

7.1%

Tapanuli Selatan

42,139 HA

Forest Area
30%

29.7%

Protection Forest / Conservation
67%27,989 HA

66.4%

Production Forest
7%3,068 HA

7.3%

For Other Uses
26%11,082 HA

26.3%

Tapanuli Tengah

13,207 HA

Forest Area
10%

9.3%

Protection Forest / Conservation
96%12,704 HA

96.2%

Production Forest
0%0 HA

0%

For Other Uses
4%503 HA

3.8%

Several environmentally sensitive areas are currently still not protected, such as the steep primary forest gorge of the Batang Toru River in South Tapanuli which is classed as “other uses” [APL]. This area has the highest biodiversity of the entire Batang Toru Ecosystem and also the highest densities of Tapanuli orangutans, with more than 10% of the population residing in this area.

This extremely important area is currently being planned for development of a huge hydrodam which will destroy this crucial conservation area, also of immense importance for connectivity between the West Batang Toru block with the Sibual-buali Strict Nature Reserve.

If this hydrodam goes ahead it will spell disaster for the Tapanuli Orangutans and ensure the extinction of the orangutans in Sibual-buali.