Solutions

Indonesia’s plantation sector can – and must - make a genuine contribution to Indonesia’s development, rather than destroying the future for its people, its wildlife and the global climate on which we all depend.

Palm Oil

Greenpeace believes that palm oil can be produced responsibly. Palm oil production has been part of the livelihoods of local communities in Asia and Africa for decades, and can contribute both to economic development, while protecting forests and other ecosystems.

An example of this is the Dosan village on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Palm oil producers, like the members of the Palm Oil Innovation Group, have shown that there is a business case for palm oil production that does not lead to forest destruction or violate the rights of local communities.

Greenpeace envisions palm oil production by local communities and industrial players that protects forests, and follows responsible agricultural practices while contributing to economic development and respecting the social, economic and cultural rights of local communities.

Pulp and Paper

Asia Pulp & Paper’s (APP) Forest Conservation Policy sets a model for the pulp and paper industry. In February 2013 Greenpeace suspended active campaigning against APP following the announcement of its  Forest Conservation Policy includes an immediate moratorium on all further forest clearance by all of its Indonesian suppliers while independent assessments are conducted to establish areas for protection.

If we are to turn the tide of forest destruction in Indonesia, we need many more companies to make commitments to end their role in deforestation. And we have to ensure that those companies that do make such commitments deliver on them.

Political Solutions

Greenpeace calls for permanent and full protection of forest and peatland, including a review concessions permits, governance and law enforcement, as well as the implementation of a responsible and just land-use planning system.

In May 2011, Indonesia introduced a two-year moratorium on permits for new concessions in primary forests and peatlands. While this moratorium was a welcome step in terms of the signals it sent, in practice most of the primary forests that it covers are already legally protected; the remainder are largely inaccessible and not under immediate threat of development.

More work needs to be done to harmonise spatial planning, develop sectoral policies and maps, as well as provide stronger law enforcement and mechanisms for resolving social conflicts.

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A Thai child holds an elephant "piggy bank"

Image | September 28, 2009 at 7:00

A Thai child holds an elephant "piggy bank" containing "small change for the climate." The child is one of five Thai children to hand the "piggy bank" to Yvo de Boer, the UN's top climate official, at the start of the latest round of climate...

Five Thai children hand little elephant "piggy

Image | September 28, 2009 at 7:00

Five Thai children hand little elephant "piggy banks" containing "small change for the climate" to Yvo de Boer, the UN's top climate official, at the start of the latest round of climate negotiations in Bangkok. The event was the final step in...

Five Thai children hand little elephant "piggy

Image | September 28, 2009 at 7:00

Five Thai children hand little elephant "piggy banks" containing "small change for the climate" to Yvo de Boer, the UN's top climate official, at the start of the latest round of climate negotiations in Bangkok. The event was the final step in...

Five Thai children hand little elephant “piggy

Image | September 28, 2009 at 7:00

Five Thai children hand little elephant “piggy banks” containing “small change for the climate” to Yvo De Boer, the UN’s top climate official, at the start of the lastest round of climate negotiations in Bangkok. The event was the final step in...

70 days to Copenhagen: time is running out for the climate and our children’s future

Feature story | September 28, 2009 at 6:00

After a disastrous week for the climate in New York and Pittsburgh, five Thai children today made a direct appeal for their future to Yvo De Boer, the UN’s top climate official, at the start of the latest round of climate negotiations in Bangkok.

Schoolchildren walked with the Greenpeace

Image | September 26, 2009 at 7:00

Schoolchildren walked with the Greenpeace-led Chang(e) Caravan during an educational activity about elephants, biodiversity, forests and climate change in Ancient Siam, Samutprakan Province, around 30 kilometers south of Bangkok The Caravan, now...

A house lies abandoned in the coast of Klong

Image | September 26, 2009 at 7:00

A house lies abandoned in the coast of Klong Dan, Samutprakan province, 30 kilometers south of Bangkok, where coastal erosion has already washed away parts of the town, in this photo taken on September 7 and released today by Greenpeace.

Local children play beside a house which

Image | September 26, 2009 at 7:00

Local children play beside a house which lies abandoned in the coast of Klong Dan, Samutprakan province, 30 kilometers south of Bangkok, where coastal erosion has already washed away parts of the town, in this photo taken on September 7 and...

Elephants from the Greenpeace

Image | September 24, 2009 at 7:00

Elephants from the Greenpeace-led Chang(e) Caravan rest on the road in Chacheongsao, on the 12th day of the Caravan into Bangpakong district where the group will later hold focus group discussions with community representatives on climate change...

Greenpeace activists and elephants walk through

Image | September 24, 2009 at 7:00

Greenpeace activists and elephants walk through Chacheongsao, on the 12th day of the Chang(e) Caravan into Bangpakong district where the group will later hold focus group discussions with community representatives on climate change effects on...

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