The Politics of Extinction

A report on the threat posed to the last remaining populations of orangutans by illegal logging and the conversion of forest land to oil palm plantations.

The wild orangutan population has crashed by up to 50 per cent in the past decade, leaving only 15,000 -25,000 surviving.

This report urges governments, international banks, agencies and private investors to attach stricter environmental, social and economic conditions to their lending to avoid further deforestation.