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

 

Barbie wrapped in rainforest destruction

Feature Story | 6 June, 2011 at 19:30

It's not every day we get to break celebrity news. Ken is breaking up with Barbie, the most famous toy in the world.

One year after Nestlé committed to giving rainforests a break – what has been achieved?

Feature Story | 22 May, 2011 at 20:50

It’s now been one year since pressure from thousands of people around the world convinced the world’s largest food and drink company - Nestlé - to give Indonesian rainforests and their inhabitants a break by removing products responsible for...

Bad Influence

Report | 6 April, 2011 at 18:00

This Greenpeace report presents case studies on McKinsey’s influence on REDD+ plans for four forest nations – Papua New Guinea (PNG), the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Indonesia and Guyana.

Major forest-saving announcement

Feature Story | 14 February, 2011 at 11:00

For three years Greenpeace has targeted Sinar Mas – Indonesia’s most notorious forest destroyer – to end its role in forest destruction. Last week, we made a positive step forward.

Working with forest communities

Image gallery | 3 February, 2011

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