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Indonesia Rejects Plans for Development in Rainforest

The Indonesian environment ministry has denied the Aceh provincial government’s proposal to rezone part of Mount Leuser National Park for geothermal development, saving the lives of the tigers, orangutans, elephants and rhinos who co-exist there. According to the environmental conservation group Mongobay, the ministry rejected Aceh Governor Zaini Abdullah's plea that 8,000 hectares of the park’s “core zone” be changed to a “utilization zone” so that a Turkish company, Hitay Holdings,...

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