Indonesia Forests - Threats

Every year, Indonesia is losing 620,000ha of rainforest, making it one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases on the planet. It also endangers species including Sumatran tigers and orangutans, and undermining the future for millions of Indonesians who depend on the forests for their food, shelter and livelihoods.

Indonesia's irreplaceable rainforests and carbon-rich peatlands are being destroyed to make the disposable consumer products we find in our shops: paper for our glossy magazines, toilet paper, packaging and palm oil for products like toothpaste and chocolate.

Greenpeace is campaigning for the immediate protection of all Indonesia's forests and peatlands including meaningful international support for a new green development pathway and for zero deforestation in Indonesia and globally by 2020.

To achieve this, we investigate the global supply chains that are sacrificing Indonesia’s forests for consumer products around the world, and we expose the companies that are destroying forests. Over the past few years, our campaigns and pressure from our supporters have led Nestlé, Unilever and other corporate giants to cancel big contracts with reformed suppliers like Sinar Mas. This in turn has led to commitments to forest protection on the ground from these same companies. But more must be done.

Today, Indonesia stands at a crossroads; will it choose to allow industry to relentlessly and unnecessarily expand into natural rainforests and carbon rich peatlands, or to announce a moratorium on all existing rainforest and peatlands, with the help of the international community?

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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...

Who's going to take the Tiger Challenge next?

Blog entry by Areeba Hamid | 18 November, 2013

Greenpeace supporters are moving giants. The millions behind Greenpeace give our campaigns the power that pushes companies to protect our planet. Last week was proof. We have launched the Tiger Challenge, demanding big players in...

Protect Paradise

Slideshow | 15 November, 2013

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