Indonesia

Indonesia is a treasure chest of biodiversity; it is home to between 10 and 15 per cent of all known species of plants, mammals and birds. Orang-utans, elephants, tigers, rhinoceroses, more than 1,500 species of birds and thousands of plant species are all a part of the country's natural legacy.

The mass destruction of Indonesia's rainforests and carbon-rich peatlands for palm oil and paper threatens this and is the main reason why Indonesia is one of the world's largest emitters of climate changing greenhouse gases.

The lives of millions of Indonesians who depend on the forests for food, shelter and livelihoods are also changing beyond recognition as the forest disappears.

This destruction also threatens our wider world; peatlands are perhaps the world's most critical carbon stores, and Indonesia's peatlands are vast, storing about 35 billion tonnes of carbon. When these peatlands are drained, burned and replaced by plantations, carbon dioxide is released and the conditions are set for devastating forest fires, which were responsible, for instance, for Singapore's 'haze wave' in 2013

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This is what APP’s new sustainability commitments look like

Blog entry by Bustar Maitar | 27 September, 2012 5 comments

Asia Pulp and Paper has spent the last few weeks telling customers around the world that the company’s latest sustainability pledges mean that this time, the changes the company has announced are genuine. To the untrained eye new...

KFC Canada gets a friendly reminder: sustainable packaging needed

Blog entry by Shane Moffatt, Forest Campaigner Canada | 26 July, 2012 7 comments

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) headquarters in the US still have their heads in the sand about their company’s links to forest destruction, but Greenpeace campaigners around the world are finding inventive ways to challenge the status...

Good Oil - A Solution Story

Feature story | 13 June, 2012 at 16:00

Oil palm plantations have expanded rapidly over the past two decades in Indonesia, clearing large swathes of natural forest and critical peatland areas. Promises of economic development and jobs to local communities have not come true for many.

A President for change?

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 8 June, 2012 17 comments

When I met with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia yesterday, he urged me to consider that Greenpeace and the Indonesian government are “in the same boat” and that “we share the same dream.” Words like this are certainly...

KFC executives have their heads in a bucket

Blog entry by Chris Eaton | 25 May, 2012 3 comments

Earlier yesterday we released a report exposing KFC for driving rainforest destruction and pushing tigers toward extinction. Sadly, KFC executives have responded by putting a big bucket of denial on their heads. The company first...

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