Forests Not Fires

Indonesia

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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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...

Scorecard: Palm Oil Producers

Publication | 29 October, 2012 at 8:00

The Palm Oil Producers' scorecard gives an overview of where palm oil producers stand, based on a Greenpeace International review of the steps some of the world's biggest palm oil producers have taken so far to limit their impact on forests and...

This is what APP’s new sustainability commitments look like

Blog entry by Bustar Maitar | 27 September, 2012 5 comments

Asia Pulp and Paper has spent the last few weeks telling customers around the world that the company’s latest sustainability pledges mean that this time, the changes the company has announced are genuine. To the untrained eye new...

Forest Clearing Witnessed By Activists

Image | 27 September, 2012 at 16:30

Active forest clearing by PT Asia Tani Persada, who supply Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) in Kuala Labai, West Kalimantan. Greenpeace activists witness active clearing of the forest during the Tiger Tour Kalimantan on September 27, 2012 in Kuala Labai...

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