An aerial view on August 20, 2018, of land cleared as a staging area for the building of a new hydroelectric dam in the Batang Toru rainforest, the only known habitat of the Tapanuli orangutan, on Sumatra island. Photo: Handout by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme SOCP)/AFP
Michelle Chan
Opinion

Opinion

Eye on Asia by Michelle Chan

China’s institutions and banks need help from the world’s civil society to ensure the Belt and Road Initiative remains green

  • A massive dam in northern Sumatra, financed by the Bank of China, threatens to wipe out the natural habitat of the Tapanuli orangutan
  • The orangutan, discovered only in 2017, is the rarest species of apes

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An aerial view on August 20, 2018, of land cleared as a staging area for the building of a new hydroelectric dam in the Batang Toru rainforest, the only known habitat of the Tapanuli orangutan, on Sumatra island. Photo: Handout by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme SOCP)/AFP
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