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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What happens when the good people do good - Part 3

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | November 17, 2009

From Sarah Burton, now in Jakarta: I have learned that in campaigning things can change overnight, of course, and in this campaign, I have learned that things can change two or three times overnight.  Here's what happened overnight. ...

What happens when the good people do good - Part 2

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | November 15, 2009

Sarah applauds the local communities for their efforts to protect their forests and thanks them for their support of Greenpeace. ©Ardiles Rante/Grenpeace Well, when I finished writing yesterday, I really thought that I would be...

Climate defenders to stay - Police reverse eviction order under pressure from communities

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | November 15, 2009

What an amazing day we have had here in Indonesia today... Community supporters arrived by the hundreds. ©Will Rose/Greenpeace In a surprising move, the chief of police of Pelalawan district has revoked yesterdays...

What happens when the good people do good

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | November 14, 2009

Here is an update from the Climate Defenders Camp in Indonesia, which is now being shutdown by the police. From Sarah Burton: Today I arrived in Pekanbaru, second largest city in Sumatra and a mere 4 1/2 hours away from the...

VIDEO: Climate Defenders in Action

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | November 14, 2009

Great footage from the ground in Indonesia - where our activists have been taking direct action at the frontline of forest destruction. [vimeo] >> Check out the full action story here . >>Join the Climate...

Global paper giant cancels APRIL contract to stop Indonesia rainforest destruction

Feature story | November 13, 2009 at 16:33

Even as Greenpeace activists, who took direct action on Thursday to stop the destruction of peatlands in the Kampar peninsula by Asia Pacific Resources International Holding Limited (APRIL), are being detained by the police in Indonesia, the...

From Indonesia to Helsinki: stop deforestation!

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | November 13, 2009

As darkness fell last night, our activists from the Climate Defenders Camp in Indonesia , ended yesterdays action against pulp and paper giant APRIL who continue to be involved in mass forest clearance, despite repeatedly stating...

SHUTDOWN! Forest destruction blocked by Greenpeace to save the climate

Feature story | November 13, 2009 at 8:41

While politicians continue to talk, we're taking action at the frontline of forest and climate destruction in Indonesia. Barack Obama is about to arrive in Asia for his first official visit while the US continues to block progress ahead of the...

Fresh evidence of land clearance reveals APRIL's lies

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | November 13, 2009

In response to a letter from Greenpeace that voiced concerns - both from local communities and Greenpeace itself - regarding active clearing in the Kampar Peninsula, pulp and paper company APRIL stated that they had yet to begin active...

Activists to stay until pulp & paper company APRIL commits to halt deforestation

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | November 13, 2009

Bustar Maitar, forest campaigner for Greenpeace, has told APRIL that the activists will not leave the concession until the company publicly commits to halting all deforestation and peat land destruction in the Kampar Peninsula. Heavy...

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