Danger listing for Indonesia’s Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra

Tens of thousands of hectares of illicit palm oil crops are being pulled out in Leuser Ecosystem, the largest rainforest in Sumatra. (Reuters Photo)

The need to mobilize support and raise awareness to overcome threats facing the 2.5 million hectare Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra has led the World Heritage Committee to place the property on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

The Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2004 for its biodiversity, has been placed on the Danger List to help overcome threats posed by poaching, illegal logging, agricultural encroachment, and plans to build roads through the site.

The decision was taken by the World Heritage Committee holding its 35th session in Paris.

Category: Sumatra Rainforest