Solutions

Indonesia's plantation sector can – and must - make a genuine contribution to Indonesia’s development, rather than destroying the future for its people, its wildlife and the global climate on which we all depend.

Palm Oil

Greenpeace believes that palm oil can be produced responsibly. Palm oil production has been part of the livelihoods of local communities in Asia and Africa for decades, and can contribute both to economic development, while protecting forests and other ecosystems.

An example of this is the Dosan village on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Palm oil producers, like the members of the Palm Oil Innovation Group, have shown that there is a business case for palm oil production that does not lead to forest destruction or violate the rights of local communities.

Greenpeace envisions palm oil production by local communities and industrial players that protects forests, and follows responsible agricultural practices while contributing to economic development and respecting the social, economic and cultural rights of local communities.

Wilmar International

Wilmar International, the world's largest palm oil trader, announced a No Deforestation Policy in December 2013 in response to pressure from Greenpeace, NGOs and consumers around the world. The policy has the potential to be a landmark win for the world’s forests and the people that depend on them for their livelihoods.

Wilmar International accounts for more than a third of global trade of palm oil, which means this policy – if implemented – could transform the industry. But while this policy is great news for forests and tigers, its success will be judged by Wilmar’s actions to implement and enforce it.

Greenpeace now challenges other palm oil traders and consumer companies to follow Wilmar’s path and ensure their palm oil is free from forest destruction.

Pulp and Paper

Asia Pulp & Paper’s (APP) Forest Conservation Policy sets a model for the pulp and paper industry. In February 2013 Greenpeace suspended active campaigning against APP following the announcement of its Forest Conservation Policy includes an immediate moratorium on all further forest clearance by all of its Indonesian suppliers while independent assessments are conducted to establish areas for protection.

If we are to turn the tide of forest destruction in Indonesia, we need many more companies to make commitments to end their role in deforestation. And we have to ensure that those companies that do make such commitments deliver on them.

Political Solutions

Greenpeace calls for permanent and full protection of forest and peatland, including a review concessions permits, governance and law enforcement, as well as the implementation of a responsible and just land-use planning system.

In May 2011, Indonesia introduced a two-year moratorium on permits for new concessions in primary forests and peatlands. While this moratorium was a welcome step in terms of the signals it sent, in practice most of the primary forests that it covers are already legally protected; the remainder are largely inaccessible and not under immediate threat of development.

More work needs to be done to harmonise spatial planning, develop sectoral policies and maps, as well as provide stronger law enforcement and mechanisms for resolving social conflicts.

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The latest updates

 

Greenpeace director refused entry to Indonesia following smear campaign

Blog entry by Jamie Woolley, Greenpeace UK | 13 October, 2011 4 comments

John Sauven the Exeuctive Director of Greenpeace UK chats to Prince Charles during the Glastonbury music festival in 2010. Image: Vanessa Miles. In a bizarre turn of events usually seen in a John le Carré novel, the executive...

Bearing witness to the threatened beauty of Indonesian rainforests

Blog entry by Cakra Prathama, Greenpeace Indonesia | 3 October, 2011 10 comments

For ten days now we have been touring Sumatra to bear witness to the true state of Indonesia’s rainforests - and everywhere we go we see forest destruction. It’s distressing, but at the same time it drives us to keep fighting against...

‘Tigers’ expose Asia Pulp and Paper greenwash

Blog entry by Bustar Maitar, Greenpeace Indonesia | 27 September, 2011 5 comments

Last week we launched the ‘eye of the tiger’ tour in Indonesia , during which five activists will journey around Sumatra bearing witness to the forest destruction caused by companies like Asia Pulp and Paper (APP).  However, a few...

"I'm the eye of the tiger"

Blog entry by Rusmadya Maharuddin, Greenpeace Indonesia | 22 September, 2011 8 comments

Greenpeace tiger activists encounter a truck carrying logs from a natural forest on the first day of the "tiger tour", where they will travel through Sumatra to bear witness to the real condition of Indonesia's forests. Image: Ulet...

Bad time down under for APP gets worse

Blog entry by Andy T | 26 August, 2011 1 comment

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Steve Nicholson, the corporate affairs director for Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) in Australia and New Zealand. Fresh from a  PR crisis in Australia - caused when his staff were found out for...

APP rehomes a tiger after cutting down its forest home

Blog entry by Jamie Woolley | 2 August, 2011 4 comments

The news from Indonesia today that Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has  moved a tiger  from one part of South Sumatra province to another in order to protect it is supposed to prove that company has green stripes. But, as with anything...

Lego shows leadership in tackling deforestation

Blog entry by Andy Tait, Senior Campaign Advisor | 7 July, 2011 5 comments

But are other toy companies throwing rainforest destruction out of the pram? When Ken dumped Barbie last month Mattel was not the only toy company put under the spotlight for their role in rainforest destruction. Our investigation...

Barbie & Mattel’s deforestation habit goes ‘viral’

Blog entry by Laura K. | 15 June, 2011 15 comments

Breaking up in public isn’t easy. But Ken and Barbie, who split last week over Barbie’s rainforest wrecking, have done so in a very, very public way. Ken’s video interview that broke the scandal has now been seen over one million...

How the toy sector and APP are responding to our Indonesia forest campaign.

Blog entry by Zulfahmi, Greenpeace South East Asia | 14 June, 2011 10 comments

It’s been a busy few days since the latest phase of our campaign to stop deforestation in Indonesia got underway. There are now signs that both Mattel and Lego are preparing to make changes in the way they buy their packaging. ...

Companies like Mattel are still pushing Sumatran tigers to the brink

Blog entry by Phil Radford | 11 June, 2011 2 comments

Mattel's paper purchasing polices are weaker than Ken’s plastic handshake. Poor Barbie. She’s survived fifty years of bad outfits, sudden beheadings at the hands of younger brothers and the wrath of feminists everywhere.

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