Indonesian Rainforests


Greenpeace is campaigning to prevent the reckless destruction of Indonesia’s remaining rainforests. We are doing so to protect endangered wildlife like the Sumatran tiger and orangutan, support forest communities, and to stop greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation. In February 2013, after significant public pressure and negotiations with Greenpeace, Asia Pulp and Paper published a new “Forest Conservation Policy” which, if implemented, could spell the end of its long and controversial history of rainforest destruction. Greenpeace will be monitoring APP closely to ensure these commitments are met.

The Indonesian government estimates that over one million hectares of forest are being cleared every year, one of the highest rates of forest destruction in the world. The conversion of rainforests to tree plantations for pulp and palm oil production is a leading cause of this deforestation.

Asia Pacific Resources International (APRIL) is destroying the Sumatran tiger’s remaining habitat to make disposal tissue and paper products. An incredible 60 per cent of fibre supply to APRIL's Riau Andalan Pulp & Paper (RAPP) pulp mill in Indonesia is rainforest wood. And in 2012, APRIL planned to feed its Sumatran pulp mill by trashing another 60,000 hectares of rainforest – an area nearly the size of Singapore.

Sumatran Tiger numbers in the wild have dipped perilously low to less 400. At current rates of destruction, the Sumatran tiger is likely to follow its predecessors, the Javanese and Bali tigers, into extinction.

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Many global brands previously suspended contracts with APP and introduced policies that ensure environmentally responsible sourcing after a wave of public pressure inspired by Greenpeace. These companies include Kraft, Nestlé, Unilever, Corporate Express, Adidas, Staples and, most recently, Lego and Mattel.

How Greenpeace works to save Indonesia’s rainforests

  • Exposing companies that do business with rainforest destroyers: We are engaging large corporate customers to put in place policies that support the use of environmentally responsible pulp and paper products and those that contain palm oil.
  • Engaging individual consumers: Canadians do not want products that come from endangered Sumatran tiger habitat. We are helping consumers avoid products that come from rainforest destruction.
  • Supporting Indonesia: Indonesian President Susilo Yudhoyono has committed to prioritize rainforest protection for the rest of his presidency. Greenpeace is supporting his leadership and working with his government to make this happen.
  • Providing solutions: Rainforest destruction is not the only way. Sustainable forest products are possible. Greenpeace has an international track record of providing solutions for forests and the people who inhabit them. We have already convinced APP’s sister company and palm oil producer, Golden Agri Resources (GAR) to take steps to reduce their impact on their forests of Indonesia. And more recently APP published a new “Forest Conservation Policy” which, if implemented, could spell the end of its long and controversial history of rainforest destruction. We will continue to monitor their actions.

The latest updates


Good news for tigers! Top Canadian buyer drops rainforest paper supplier

Feature story | July 9, 2012 at 8:00

Major Canadian office supplier White Paper Co. is severing ties with Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) because of its links to rainforest destruction. APP is the subject of a global campaign by Greenpeace for its involvement in illegal logging and...

Bamboo for your bum and wheat for wipes

Blog entry by Richard Brooks | June 18, 2012

Kimberly-Clark , the world’s largest tissue product manufacturer and the maker of Kleenex and Cottonelle , announced today that it intends to reduce its impact on natural forests in a major way. By switching to alternatives sources...

GAR sets the bar high in Indonesian deforestation

Blog entry by Bustar Maitar | June 7, 2012

What seemed unthinkable for some people two years ago is now happening. Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) is leading the way in what could be the starting point for the palm oil industry to phase out deforestation. And instead of hanging...

Global protests grow as KFC bosses sit in stunned silence

Blog entry by Bustar Maitar | June 7, 2012

The past 10 days have seen a growing chorus of protests aimed at KFC’s destructive packaging while the company has remained totally silent over what action it will take to cut the infamous Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) out of its supply...

KFC's Chainsaw Colonel visits Indonesian rainforest destruction

Blog entry by rto | May 30, 2012

When you think of KFC most people think of buckets of fried chicken. So what does KFC have to do with Indonesia and why did Greenpeace Indonesia take action against the company on Wednesday? Well, KFC is one of the most...

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