Palm Oil action against Ship Gran Couva in Riau

Photo | September 15, 2011

A Greenpeace activist is sprayed with power hoses while he climbs the anchor chain of the tanker Gran Couva and hangs a banner reading "No more forests, peatland for palm oil". The crew of the Greenpeace ship MV Esperanza occupied the tanker for 24 hours and painted on its bow "Forest Crime". The ship, carrying 27,000 metric tonnes of crude palm oil for the Wilmar Company, was held up from departing to its destination Rotterdam, Netherlands. Greenpeace is protesting against the destruction of Kampar Peninsula's peatland forest by pulp and paper and palm oil industries and is calling for the Indonesian Government to implement a moratorium on deforestation. Peatland forest is critical for maintaining biodiversity and its degradation releases vast stores of carbon thereby contributing to global climate change.11/10/2008

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