SINAR MAS : Indonesian Palm Oil Menance

March 26, 2009

One of the growing new threats to Indonesia’s forests is the ‘gold rush’ for new oil palm plantations, driven by the increasing global demand for palm oil for food, soaps, cosmetics and biofuels. Indonesia, the world’s largest palm oil producer, has the fastest deforestation rate of any major forested country.

8 October 2008 Papua Province, Indonesia Excavators clear Sago, the region's food staple, to make way for palm oil plantations in Papua Province, Indonesia's last intact forest frontier. Greenpeace is calling for an immediate moratorium on all forest conversion in Indonesia to help curb the country's greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard the wealth of tropical biodiversity and protect the livelihood of forest dependent communities.



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