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 importance of Indonesia

Blog entry by bex | 19 October, 2010

I was hoping to write my first post in Indonesia from the Rainbow Warrior. As it turns out, the Warrior is anchored out at sea, waiting for permission to get into the country from the Indonesian government. The ship and crew have been...

A chance to change history

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 14 October, 2010 3 comments

I've arrived in Indonesia - a country at the frontier of deforestation and climate change. Indonesia is the planet's third largest greenhouse gas emitter, largely due to deforestation. Its indigenous communities are losing their...

Victory: Burger King drops forest destroyer Sinar Mas!

Blog entry by Rolf Skaar - Forest Campaigner Greenpeace USA | 1 September, 2010 1 comment

Burger King is 'Cutter King' no longer! Don’t blink or you’ll miss news from the fast-moving campaign to protect the Paradise Forests !  Last week, after Greenpeace campaigned from New York to California, Burger King said it...

Sinar Mas remains a notorious forest destroyer, its own audit shows

Blog entry by Laura K. | 10 August, 2010 4 comments

Watch the video An important fact about the Sinar Mas group: it is destroying carbon-rich rainforests and peatlands in Indonesia, including endangered wildlife habitat. If you take away one thing from this post - that’s the most...

What happened after you left that comment on Nestlé's Facebook page?

Blog entry by Laura K. | 9 August, 2010 7 comments

Remember this? “Social media: as you can see, we’re learning as we go. Thanks for the comments.” On March 19th that was the status message on Nestlé’s Facebook fan page - which had already been under siege for three days. The message...

Will notorious forest destroyer Sinar Mas come clean?

Blog entry by Laura K. | 29 July, 2010 5 comments

The short answer: not likely. In fact, not only will they not be likely to come ‘clean’, but today we are releasing fresh evidence that Sinar Mas’s notorious forest destroying practices continue unabated and in direct violation of...

Action against April Pulp in Indonesia

Image | 15 July, 2010 at 12:03

15 July - Indonesia. Twenty-five Greenpeace activists in Teluk Binjai, Pelalawan, Riau, block the loading of a barge carrying rainforest logs from Kampar's carbon rich peatland forests by pulp and paper products manufacturing giant APRIL. Read...

The last frontier of intact ancient forest in Indonesia

Image | 7 July, 2010 at 0:28

Pristine forests near Manokwari in West Papua, the last frontier of intact ancient forest in Indonesia - a reminder of what we are working to save. Greenpeace is campaigning for an end to all deforestation in tropical forests, which is critical...

How Sinar Mas is pulping the planet

Publication | 6 July, 2010 at 1:00

A new investigative report from Greenpeace, 'How Sinar Mas is Pulping the Planet', shows how major brands like Walmart, Auchan and Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) are fueling climate change and pushing Sumatran tigers and orang-utans towards the...

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