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Scientists urge Indonesian president to nix dam in orangutan habitat | Mongabay

Twenty-five of the world’s top environmental scientists have lambasted plans to construct a hydroelectric dam in northern Sumatra, Indonesia, because it would threaten the rarest species of great ape on Earth.

The scientists, members of the Alliance of Leading Environmental Researchers & Thinkers (ALERT), outlined their concerns in a letter addressed to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, which was hand-delivered to the office of the president’s chief of staff, or KSP, on July 10.

The scientists said the $1.6 billion hydropower project threatened the Batang Toru forest in North Sumatra province, home to the Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis).

Source: Scientists urge Indonesian president to nix dam in orangutan habitat | Mongabay

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