Indonesia Forests - Threats

Every year, Indonesia is losing 620,000ha of rainforest, making it one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases on the planet. It also endangers species including Sumatran tigers and orangutans, and undermining the future for millions of Indonesians who depend on the forests for their food, shelter and livelihoods.

Indonesia's irreplaceable rainforests and carbon-rich peatlands are being destroyed to make the disposable consumer products we find in our shops: paper for our glossy magazines, toilet paper, packaging and palm oil for products like toothpaste and chocolate.

Greenpeace is campaigning for the immediate protection of all Indonesia's forests and peatlands including meaningful international support for a new green development pathway and for zero deforestation in Indonesia and globally by 2020.

To achieve this, we investigate the global supply chains that are sacrificing Indonesia’s forests for consumer products around the world, and we expose the companies that are destroying forests. Over the past few years, our campaigns and pressure from our supporters have led Nestlé, Unilever and other corporate giants to cancel big contracts with reformed suppliers like Sinar Mas. This in turn has led to commitments to forest protection on the ground from these same companies. But more must be done.

Today, Indonesia stands at a crossroads; will it choose to allow industry to relentlessly and unnecessarily expand into natural rainforests and carbon rich peatlands, or to announce a moratorium on all existing rainforest and peatlands, with the help of the international community?

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The latest updates

 

Illegal timber ban announced today

Feature Story | 8 December, 2010 at 11:00

The biggest names from Australia’s timber industry joined leading social justice and environment groups today to welcome the federal government’s announcement of new laws to ban illegal timber imports.

Papua New Guinea: Not ready for REDD

Report | 24 October, 2010 at 10:00

This report critiques the handling of domestic policy aimed at Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) by the Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the way it has engaged with international REDD negotiations since the...

Burger King cancels palm oil contract with rainforest destroyer Sinar Mas

Feature Story | 7 September, 2010 at 17:02

Don't blink or you'll miss more exciting news from the fast-moving campaign to protect the last remaining ancient forests! Last week, after Greenpeace campaigned across the US, Burger King said it is in the process of cutting forest destroyer,...

Nestlé: Stop monkeying around with the rainforests

Feature Story | 21 April, 2010 at 10:00

Today, six Greenpeace activists dressed as orang-utans swung by Nestlé’s headquarters. They urged the global food giant to stop using palm oil from destroyed rainforests. Demand for palm oil is destroying Indonesia’s rainforests. It threatens...

Activists 'drop in' on Nestlé AGM

Feature Story | 15 April, 2010 at 10:00

Greenpeace activists dropped from the ceiling and unfurled two large banners directly over the heads of Nestlé shareholders today. They were at the multinational’s annual general meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland. Their aim: to get shareholders to...

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