Greenpeace has set up the Forest Defenders Camp (FDC) in Kuala
Cenaku Village in Riau, and will conduct activities and
documentation work over the coming months to bring the world's
attention to the urgency of ending deforestation, the loss of
biodiversity and the problem of climate change in the run up
international climate change negotiations to be hosted in Bali in
"Flying over the forests of Riau in paramotors is both
exhilarating and heart-breaking. The thick cover of the pristine
rainforests that still remain is stunning to observe. But when you
fly over cleared forestlands, mainly concessions and palm oil
plantations, the urgent need for action to stop this crime hits you
in your face," said Cedar Anderson, ace paramotorist and Greenpeace
volunteer at the FDC.
The deforestation rates in Indonesia are the highest amongst the
world's major forest nations (1), and according to recent
estimates, Indonesia is the country with the third largest
greenhouse gas emissions after China and the United States, mainly
due to the destruction of peatland forests (2). Deforestation
accounts for approximately one-fifth of global greenhouse gas
Deforestation rate in Riau reach 160,000 hectares per year and
the figure increased to 200,000 hectares per year in the 2004-2005
period, meanwhile total forest area in the province dropped
significantly to 2.7 million hectares in 2004 from 6.4 million
hectares in 1982 (4).
Greenpeace is calling on the Indonesian government to commit to
a moratorium on deforestation and industrial logging; a review of
laws, governance and law enforcement; and the implementation of a
responsible and just land-use planning system.
"We need international action to end deforestation. Agreement on
this must be included in the second phase of the Kyoto Protocol.
Protecting the world's remaining forests will significantly reduce
climate change, maintain the livelihood of millions of people who
depend on forests and protect a huge amount of the world's
biodiversity," said Nur Hidayati, Greenpeace Southeast Asia climate
and energy campaigner at the camp.