Forests Not Fires


Indonesia is a treasure chest of biodiversity; it is home to between 10 and 15 per cent of all known species of plants, mammals and birds. Orang-utans, elephants, tigers, rhinoceroses, more than 1,500 species of birds and thousands of plant species are all a part of the country's natural legacy.

The mass destruction of Indonesia's rainforests and carbon-rich peatlands for palm oil and paper threatens this and is the main reason why Indonesia is one of the world's largest emitters of climate changing greenhouse gases.

The lives of millions of Indonesians who depend on the forests for food, shelter and livelihoods are also changing beyond recognition as the forest disappears.

This destruction also threatens our wider world; peatlands are perhaps the world's most critical carbon stores, and Indonesia's peatlands are vast, storing about 35 billion tonnes of carbon. When these peatlands are drained, burned and replaced by plantations, carbon dioxide is released and the conditions are set for devastating forest fires, which were responsible, for instance, for Singapore's 'haze wave' in 2013

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APRIL is now the leading driver of deforestation for pulp in Indonesia

Blog entry by Bustar Maitar | 7 March, 2013 2 comments

In February we reported how Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) had stopped all deforestation in its suppliers’ concessions and committed to protect all remaining areas of rainforest in its global supply chain. However, there is another pulp...

APP commits to end deforestation!

Blog entry by Bustar Maitar | 5 February, 2013 25 comments

Today was a day I have at times feared might never come, but I’ve just emerged from a packed press conference in Jakarta for the launch of Asia Pulp & Paper’s new ‘Forest Conservation Policy’ aimed to end its involvement in...

A Forest Conservation Policy

Slideshow | 5 February, 2013

Don’t blame the tigers, blame deforestation

Blog entry by Bustar Maitar, Greenpeace Indonesia | 30 October, 2012 11 comments

A small child from a forest village in Indonesia - where as more rainforest is cleared, tigers stray into villages putting lives at risk. As a teenage boy is killed by a tiger forced out of its natural habitat by deforestation, we...

Success with KFC UK & Ireland! But it's not over yet...

Blog entry by Ian Duff | 30 October, 2012 4 comments

Great news! We've gained an important win in protecting Indonesia's rainforests as KFC UK and Ireland commit to excluding suppliers actively involved in rainforest clearance. And this fantastic win would not have been possible...

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