Displaced Orang Utan as a result of massive deforestation and land development in Sumatra, Indonesia.

Sarawak Natural Science Society and University Putra Malaysia Bintulu campus will be organizing a lecture featuring renowned environmentalist and biologist Datuk Seri Lord Cranbrook on May 5.

The lecture to be held at UPM Bintulu campus from 7.pm – 9.pm titled “Sustainable Development and the Conservation of Mammal and Bird Biodiversity in Tree-crop Plantations in Borneo.”

It is free lecture open to member of the public – especially researchers, planters, lecturers, teachers and high school students.

Lord Cranbrook

The scope of Lord Cranbrook lecture will be focusing on the island of Borneo which, over the past few decades saw millions of hectares of the island rain-forest has been cut for it precious timber and land developments.

Conservationists, NGOs and the native communities are concerned that it would lead to the loss of biodiversity.

Land clearing – for growing oil palm plantations has been heavily criticised, particularly in Sumatra where it reported to cause declining orang-utan populations. While it impacts cannot be denied, and the industry itself has been working towards resolving the issue.

A form of “sustainable” palm oil production certification has been planned which they hope can assure customers that appropriate measures have been taken to protect “high conservation value” (HCV) habitats and “rare, threatened or endangered” (RTE) species, including orang-utan.

It is sometimes claimed that measures to safeguard HCV habitat and RTE species will also, without additional input, serve to enhance the conservation of other biota. The truth of this assertion is a matter of scientific test, but it is not self-evidently safe to assume that it is correct.

In the lecture, scientific and conservation importance of Borneo mammals (including orang-utans) and birds will be outlined.

The variety of organisations that may be responsible for their conservation is reviewed, and suggestions are made of action that could be undertaken by a dedicated conservation team and by individuals.

But the ultimate message is stark. Biodiversity loss is intimately associated with most other present trends that threaten to become a global, civilization-destroying crisis.

In the long term, if society insists that it must drive down biodiversity to maintain the human species, then the future of the human species is not sustainable.

To all Bintulu.Org visitors – please mark the date and try to be there. Detail as follows:

Venue: Dewan Kuliah Pusat 2B (Central Lecture Hall 2B), UPMKB
Date: 05 May 2010
Time: 7.00 – 9.00pm.
Audience: Public, Researchers, Planters, Lecturers, Students
Free Admission

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