Solutions

Indonesia’s plantation sector can – and must - make a genuine contribution to Indonesia’s development, rather than destroying the future for its people, its wildlife and the global climate on which we all depend.

Palm Oil

Greenpeace believes that palm oil can be produced responsibly. Palm oil production has been part of the livelihoods of local communities in Asia and Africa for decades, and can contribute both to economic development, while protecting forests and other ecosystems.

An example of this is the Dosan village on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Palm oil producers, like the members of the Palm Oil Innovation Group, have shown that there is a business case for palm oil production that does not lead to forest destruction or violate the rights of local communities.

Greenpeace envisions palm oil production by local communities and industrial players that protects forests, and follows responsible agricultural practices while contributing to economic development and respecting the social, economic and cultural rights of local communities.

Pulp and Paper

Asia Pulp & Paper’s (APP) Forest Conservation Policy sets a model for the pulp and paper industry. In February 2013 Greenpeace suspended active campaigning against APP following the announcement of its  Forest Conservation Policy includes an immediate moratorium on all further forest clearance by all of its Indonesian suppliers while independent assessments are conducted to establish areas for protection.

If we are to turn the tide of forest destruction in Indonesia, we need many more companies to make commitments to end their role in deforestation. And we have to ensure that those companies that do make such commitments deliver on them.

Political Solutions

Greenpeace calls for permanent and full protection of forest and peatland, including a review concessions permits, governance and law enforcement, as well as the implementation of a responsible and just land-use planning system.

In May 2011, Indonesia introduced a two-year moratorium on permits for new concessions in primary forests and peatlands. While this moratorium was a welcome step in terms of the signals it sent, in practice most of the primary forests that it covers are already legally protected; the remainder are largely inaccessible and not under immediate threat of development.

More work needs to be done to harmonise spatial planning, develop sectoral policies and maps, as well as provide stronger law enforcement and mechanisms for resolving social conflicts.

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Feature Story | 27 February, 2014 at 16:30

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Feature Story | 7 February, 2014 at 17:14

A year ago, Asia Pulp & Paper committed to end its role in forest destruction. It placed an immediate halt to all forest clearance and began the road to reformation, under the watchful eyes of Greenpeace and a host of other local and...

Ecoforestry in Papua New Guinea

Feature Story | 30 July, 2013 at 15:00

The islands of Papua New Guinea are home to some of the most important – and most beautiful – tropical rainforests in the world. Does ecoforestry represent a viable option for the region’s forest communities and ecosystems?

Big news: APP commits to end deforestation!

Feature Story | 6 February, 2013 at 10:03

The impossible might be happening. After more than 10 years of campaigning against Asia Pulp & Paper, one of the biggest companies responsible for rainforest destruction, the company has agreed to immediately halt any further deforestation and...

Historic illegal timber legislation passes

Feature Story | 20 November, 2012 at 8:42

For over ten years Greenpeace has been campaigning to end devastating illegal logging practices. This week, the Australian Government passed legislation which will finally make illegal timber… illegal. Doing so is a vital step towards global...

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Feature Story | 23 May, 2012 at 11:47

Rainforests shouldn’t be destroyed to make packaging destined for the trash.

Asia Pulp and Paper in illegal rainforest scandal

Feature Story | 29 February, 2012 at 13:00

APP: “Zero tolerance for illegal wood”. These are the five words that say a lot but apparently mean little to a company that has made a mantra out of repeating something which is simply not true. And today, we’ve released proof that what APP...

Politicians Listen to the Polluters at UN Climate Talks

Feature Story | 12 December, 2011 at 15:31

UN climate talks in Durban have ended the same way they began, in failure. Governments at the UN climate talks have chosen to listen to the polluters over the people and failed to reinforce previous climate saving measures and have steered clear...

Fight for PNG’s stolen forests only just begun

Feature Story | 10 November, 2011 at 11:59

What would you do if you saw a bulldozer move across your front yard and start smashing your home and garden to bits? Then the bulldozer driver told you that a big company now owned your land and could do what they wanted with it for the next 99...

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