Deforestation for Palm Oil

Page - March 17, 2010
Greenpeace has been working in the Paradise Forests for over a decade, exposing illegal and destructive logging, opposing the expansion of palm oil plantations, and working with local communities to reclaim their traditional lands and create sustainable solutions. Our work has seen us confront the illegal loggers in the forest and in the consumer countries.

Palm Oil


Greenpeace has shown that the growing demand for palm oil for household products and biofuels is driving the destruction of the Paradise Forests and peatlands in Southeast Asia. We're working to expose the companies selling us forest destruction with their products.

Greenpeace: palm fruit

Our report "How the Palm Oil Industry is Cooking the Climate" shows how using this ingredient can often make a recipe for environmental disaster. Another report, "Caught Red-Handed: How Nestlé's Use of Palm Oil is Having a Devastating Impact on Rainforest, the Climate and Orang-utans", exposes the links between Nestlé and palm oil suppliers, including Sinar Mas, that are expanding their plantations into carbon-rich peatlands and rainforests.

Companies like Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, and others are sourcing palm oil from suppliers who destroy pristine forests and carbon-rich peatlands. Greenpeace activists have documented this first hand with research and Forest Defender Camps.

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Forest Defenders Camp


The Forest Defenders Camp (also known as the Climate Defenders Camp) is part of our international efforts to protect the world's remaining forests and the global climate. The camp is based close to the boundary of Paradise Forest destruction in Indonesia.

Greenpeace Climate Defenders Camp

We established a base in the heart of the Indonesian rainforest in order to bring urgent attention to the role that deforestation plays in driving dangerous climate change.
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Inside the forest:

  • We form partnerships with community-based and non-government organizations in the region.
  • We work with local communities to stop illegal and destructive logging and help them gain back control of their land.
  • We help forest communities develop sustainable alternatives.

Outside the forest:

Some of our most effective work is done outside the forest, using our global reach and more than three decades of international campaigning expertise.

  • We lobby politicians and industry to stop illegal and destructive logging and the illegal timber trade, as well as expansion into the Paradise Rainforest of palm oil plantations.
  • We inform consumers how they can buy good wood.
  • We bear witness to forest destruction and expose the forest destroyers to the world.

The Global Forest Rescue Station (GFRS)


The Global Forest Rescue Station (GFRS) is the base camp for marking the boundaries of the Kuni and Begwa tribal lands around Lake Murray, Western Province, Papua New Guinea. Greenpeace has set up the GFRS in Lake Murray after the invitation and with the participation of the customary landowners.