30 May 2014- Ketapang, West Kalimantan; Banda Aceh, Sumatra.  In two separate evening ceremonies hosted by Yayasan Palung  and Orangutan Information Center, sixteen students bound for college or in college in Borneo and Sumatra were honored as recipients of the 2014 Orangutan Caring Scholarship.  OURF president Dr. Gary Shapiro flew to the coastal cities of Ketapang in West Kalimantan (Borneo) and Banda Aceh on the northern tip of Sumatra to present the scholarships and to participate in the festivities.  OURF and other partnering organizations (The Orangutan Project, Orangutan Outreach, ASFF) provided the funding for the scholarships while the hosting NGOs administer the program with the students in their respective region. This was the largest number of scholarships awarded in a single year since the program began in 2006 with a single scholarship.

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15 May 2014 - Los Angeles, CA.  In a new alliance, two of California’s premier orangutan conservation NGOs (Orangutan Conservancy and Orang Utan Republik Foundation)  have forged a coalition to battle the plight facing orangutans in 2014.

The California Orangutan Alliance (COA) combines the strength of each organization’s many years of experience in Indonesia to make an impactful and lasting difference in the lives of orangutans and their rainforest home.

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24 April 2014 - mongabay.com - Satria Eka Hadinaryanto, Mongabay-Indonesia correspondent.  

As one of the world’s largest palm oil producers, Indonesia is often at the receiving end of criticism and protests by activists, and even by its own people. Its poor forest and land management practices, which have been going on for decades, have degraded both its landscapes and its reputation. 

Land conflicts between local communities and companies, between communities and governments, and even between the communities themselves, have become regular news in the media. Not only has this resulted in human casualties, but wildlife is stuck in the middle as their habitat is destroyed by oil palm plantation development. Killings of elephants and orangutans have been linked to oil palm plantations across the country. 

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2014 March 13 -Jakarta. Deputy Chairman of the Aceh Parliament, Muhammad Tanwir Mahdi, has announced to local media that Aceh Parliament rejected the Ministry of Domestic Affairs’ official evaluation of the Aceh spatial plan by-law (Qanun RTRWA) 2014-2034.

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12 February 2014- Mongabay.com.  The Indonesian government has rejected nearly 932,000 hectares (2.3 million acres) of oil palm, timber, and logging concessions due to its moratorium on new permits across millions of hectares of peatlands and rainforests, reports Mongabay-Indonesia.

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