Tripa is an area of 61,803 hectares on the west coast of the province of Aceh in North Sumatra. Four large-scale palm oil companies covering most of Tripa are destroying the forest, burning the peat and opening canals to install palm-oil plantations.
Tripa hosts unique biodiversity and holds great importance for the local people. It is also by far the largest unprotected carbon stock in Aceh. The total destruction of Tripa’s remaining forest is predicted within less than five years if appropriate action is not implemented quickly.
TOP need urgent funding to assist Pan Eco, led by world renowned conservationist, Dr Ian Singleton, continue the critical work involved with the conservation of the Tripa swamps. The extensive list of costs involved includes items such as equipment (camera, GPS, etc), transport costs, postage, and Indonesian staff wages.
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A recent visit to Tripa by TOP...through our eyes.
Bustling city. Motorbikes, cars, people. Smog & pollution. Early morning flight. South to north. Thunderstorm & worry. relief & anxiety. Hours of driving. Convoy to site. Row after row. Plant after plant. Question after question. Arrival. Motionless. Tear upon tear. Shock. Emerge. Hit by overwhelming heat. Sun beating down, Rising from the earth. Death all around. Canals. Flowing, Running, Draining. Draining life. Polluting. Wood debris, Matchsticks, everywhere. Fire. Everything Burnt. Gone. All gone. More Pollution. Overwhelming sadness. Sorry. So sorry. Apology. Over & over. Distance. Through Blurred eyes. More death. Dead trees. Drained of life. Canals. Draining life. Life. Orangutan. Amongst death. Home gone. Sorry again. So sorry. Local people. Gone. Kicked off. Threatened. Despair & Sadness. No support. Corruption. All illegal. ILLEGAL. Why? Greed.
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