WCS 3-Sentence Science
Orangutans at a Crossroads
April 8, 2019
Each year, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists publish more than 300 peer-reviewed studies and papers. “WCS 3-Sentence Science” is a regular tip-sheet — in bite sized helpings — of some of this published work.
Here we present Joshua Pandong’s recent work on orangutans and logging:
- In 2015, the Sarawak Government made a public pledge to stop illegal logging, create more national parks, and move towards a zero-loss policy of orangutans and their habitats in Sarawak.
- Authors discussed shortfalls of conservation responses in the past 60 years in Sarawak which included unknown rate of illegal orangutan killings, inadequate law enforcement, and incomprehensive community development strategies.
- The recommendations to address these shortfalls include: a) inter-agency collaboration for orangutan population monitoring, b) technological application and intelligence networks to intensify enforcement strategies, c) alternative community livelihood development and self-enforcement, and d) increased public support for conservation policies.
Study and Journal: “Threats and lessons learned from past orangutan conservation strategies in Sarawak, Malaysia” from Biological Conservation
WCS Co-Author(s): Joshua Pandong , WCS Malaysia Program ; Melvin Gumal , WCS Malaysia Program
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