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Malaysia plans orangutans diplomacy for countries that import palm oil


Malaysia has plans to start orangutans diplomacy with major companies that buy its palm oil, a commodity that has long been blamed for logging and destroying the habitat of critically endangered orangutans.
https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/malaysia-eyes-orangutan-diplomacy-with-nations-that-import-palm-oil-2024-05-08/




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  • Munene Mugambi

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    Using orangutans as a diplomatic tool might grab headlines, but it's a band-aid solution to a deeper problem. Instead of playing PR games, Malaysia should focus on concrete actions to protect orangutans and their habitats. By addressing the root cause – unsustainable palm oil production – they can truly make a difference in preserving these endangered species. Not mere PR. Action please

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    • Princess

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      It's a shame that it's taken this long for Malaysia to consider addressing the devastating impact of palm oil production on orangutan habitats.

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      • Munene Mugambi

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        @princess_nel_268 They don't do it because the orangutan home is also home to their palm oil business and they are unwilling to let go of such a product at the moment.

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      • Richard S

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        The orangutan, whose name means "man of the forest" in Malay, is critically endangered, with a population of less than 105,000 on the island of Borneo, conservation group WWF says.

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        • Munene Mugambi

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          @richard_s And sadly, this number will keep on plummeting as no real conservative measures are being taken by the Malaysian government to protect them or their ecosystems. It is such a big shame

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