Stop Deforestation

In 2015 alone more than 2,600,000 ha of land burned. While a total of 3,403,000 hectares (ha) of land burned between the years 2015 and 2018 in Indonesia, according to analysis of official government burn scar data. Many of the fires were man-made disasters that could have been prevented. This is mainly because forests are being fragmented and cleared and peatlands being drained to make way for large scale plantations, mainly for palm oil or pulp wood. Peatland destruction is a particularly important factor in the fires, because they store huge amounts of carbon and thus when burnt they contribute to massive carbon emissions that drive global warming, and to particle emissions, creating unbearable smog over vast areas.

We must work together to resolve it as it is not Indonesia’s problem alone. So our call is for palm oil companies to take responsibility for their plantations in Malaysia and internationally. As well as a call for our Malaysian government to stop the problem at its source by holding culprits accountable with strict penalties as well as greater transparency to deter others in the future.

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Our Work on Forests

After the forest fires and haze disaster of 2015, Greenpeace began moving to directly respond to the ever-increasing forests and land-fire threats that reoccur yearly. In 2016, the Forest Fire Prevention (FFP) Team was formed. Consisting of 25 people from Riau, Kalimantan and Jakarta who give their 100% to fight for Indonesian forests. The FFP Team also works with communities in affected areas, mapping and monitoring hot spots, building new water canals then monitoring them, as well as introducing fire prevention techniques at schools, concessions and government institutions, alongside a number of other activities.

The Forest Fire Prevention Team has undergone strict and extensive training to support their work – from training on potential fire investigations, fire prevention education, and peat management supervision, all the while reaching out to companies and governments to carry out discussions and consultations.

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How you can help

Not only are ancient forests the planet’s defence against global warming, they are a source of livelihood for several indigenous communities, who live in harmony with nature. Forests need to be nurtured and treasured because our we depend upon them.
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We’re fighting to protect forests around the globe from deforestation and degradation. Working together with Indigenous peoples, allies, and people like you, we’re calling out the companies destroying our forests and the governments who have failed to protect them.

Forests are a vital part of our survival. They are the green lungs of the planet – they are our lungs, providing more than the oxygen we need to help us breathe. Forests regulate the earth’s temperatures by absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2) that fuels global warming, and acts as the home of many species of plants, animals as well as our fellow people.

Join the #ForestsNotFires movement by sharing your knowledge on the issue with others.

1 Tell companies to stop deforestation

We’re fighting to protect forests around the globe from deforestation and degradation. Working together with Indigenous peoples, allies, and people like you, we’re calling out the companies destroying our forests and the governments who have failed to protect them.

Sign the Petition

Forests are a vital part of our survival. They are the green lungs of the planet – they are our lungs, providing more than the oxygen we need to help us breathe. Forests regulate the earth’s temperatures by absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2) that fuels global warming, and acts as the home of many species of plants, animals as well as our fellow people.

Learn More

Join the #ForestsNotFires movement by sharing your knowledge on the issue with others.

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