Tiger Manifesto

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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How L’Oreal committed to the ultimate makeover

Blog entry by Areeba Hamid | 30 January, 2014 12 comments

The world’s largest beauty and cosmetics company, L’Oreal, has made a landmark promise to remove forest destruction from the products they sell. "Because I'm Worth It" is a catchy slogan coined 40 years ago by the French cosmetics...

The week two pulp and paper companies showed their true colours

Blog entry by Phil Aikman | 30 January, 2014

This week Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), the target of a successful Greenpeace campaign, took yet another step along the road to reform. But its competitor APRIL is still clinging to its rainforest destruction. The good news from APP. ...

Will you help us Protect Paradise in 2014?

Blog entry by Bustar Maitar | 24 January, 2014

When I read the daily newspaper here in Indonesia, it’s rare that there is not at least one big scandal or exposé related to the forest sector. Just this last weekend, land conflicts in a Kalimantan palm oil plantation made regional...

You did it! Palm oil giant commits to No Deforestation

Blog entry by Bustar Maitar | 6 December, 2013

Wilmar International - the world's biggest palm oil company - has committed to a No Deforestation Policy. To put this into perspective, palm oil is the single biggest cause of deforestation in Indonesia and a growing threat in...

This is what ‘dirty’ palm oil looks like

Blog entry by Bustar Maitar | 22 November, 2013

Bumitama Agro, a notorious palm oil supplier to Wilmar with a track record of of forest destruction , has hit headlines in Indonesia. Yesterday it denied that it has “destroyed forest or killed orang-utans”, but promised that it would...

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