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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Forest Fire Families

Video | 28 May, 2014 at 14:35

Indonesia's forests are the third largest in the world and its swamp-like peatlands are one of the world's biggest carbon stores. But decades of forest clearance to make way for industrial scale plantations is creating a tinderbox. Smoke from...

Head & Shoulders: Wipes Out More than Dandruff

Video | 17 March, 2014 at 11:30

Procter & Gamble, makers of Head & Shoulders shampoo, continues to source the palm oil found in it's products from suppliers involved with destruction of Indonesian rainforests, home to the last 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild.

An Animation about Palm Oil

Video | 17 February, 2014 at 14:30

Every year, thousands of hectares of Indonesian rainforest and peatlands are being destroyed to make way for new palm oil plantations. We don't have to clear forests for palm oil - solutions exist and come companies are on track to supply clean,...

Good Oil - Sumatra's Sustainable Palm Oil

Video | 17 August, 2012 at 14:46

The small holder palm oil project run by the farmers of Dosan village in Riau (Sumatra, Indonesia) is demonstrating that sustainable palm oil production and protection of Indonesia's remaining rainforest can go hand in hand.

Toying with forest destruction

Video | 7 June, 2011 at 11:07

www.greenpeace.org/app-toying-with-extinction How toy packaging is linked to forest destruction.

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