The Malaysian state of Sabah in north Borneo is already the biggest producer of Malaysian palm oil. Poor regulations by the state government has led to the fragmentation of wildlife habitat making it impossible for unique wildlife like the Borneo orangutan and forest elephants to survive.
By adding my name to this petition, I am showing my support for Malaysian conservation groups that have issued the challenge to your office to STOP ISSUING MORE LICENSES for palm oil plantations!
Your current forest conversion plans are causing the loss of biodiversity and habitats that are critical for the survival of the orangutans and elephants that also call Sabah “home”
We demand that you :
1. Classify all forests under consideration for total protection under the Sabah Foundation management and the Kuamut forest reserve to totally protected!
2. Instruct the Sabah Foundation which oversees the forests to certify all plantations under the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil ( RSPO ) and Forest Stewardship Council ( FSC ) certification schemes.
3. Conduct an immediate review on all policies, practises and plans within the critical elephant ranges in Sabah. The review must be carried out with NGO participation with a report to be filed in one year or less!
We further demand that you enforce the state laws for forest reserves and immediately remove any palm oil trees that have been illegally planted in the riparian reserves and other forest reserves in your state.