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Protecting our Diverse Wildlife

The widespread hunt for pig-nosed turtles (Carettochelys insculpta) has decreased their already low population and made them prone to extinction. This practice is tied to several local traditions that deem these animals a “high-protein source” and consume their meat. Few tribes also use the turtles as a dowry for weddings.

As a Papuan-based oil palm plantation operator, Tunas Sawa Erma (TSE) Group pays special attention to environmental preservation and continues to innovate to safeguard the local biodiversity. These commitments are what drives the company to take part in endemic species protection.

TSE Group’s contributions include signing a partnership deal with IPB University on a conservation program for pig-nosed turtles in 2022, which mainly takes place in the South Papuan regencies of Merauke and Boven Digoel.

As a matter of fact, Carettochelys insculpta is a protected species according to applicable laws and regulations, such as Law 5/1990 (on Conservation of Living Natural Resources and Their Ecosystems), Government Regulation 7/1999 (on Preserving Flora and Fauna Species), and Environment and Forestry Ministerial Regulation No. P.106/MENLHK/SETJEN/KUM.1/12/2018 (Second Amendment to Environment and Forestry Ministerial Regulation on Types of Protected Plants and Animals).

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The widespread hunt for pig-nosed turtles...

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