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Reprieve for Indonesian rainforests

| September 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

You and your classes can now monitor a crucial promise made to the world by a major conglomerate.

In early June 2015, Indonesian corporate the Royal Golden Eagle Group (RGEG), which owns the world’s largest papermaker, Asia Pacific Resources International Limited, announced that it will cease deforestation activities after negotiating with environmental group Greenpeace.

Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo, Indonesia’s new president, is an advocate for conservation and is said to have driven RGEG to make the pledge.

Now the world waits to see if RGEG will keep its promise. In addition to using rainforest trees to make paper, companies were destroying rainforests to make room for palm-oil plantations. Indigenous villagers were trying to claw their way out of poverty by felling additional trees and selling the precious wood. In the process, countless species of flora and fauna were left homeless.

Said Bustar Maitar, head of Greenpeace’s Indonesia forest campaign, in a statement:

President Jokowi promised to stop plantation companies damaging the environment or harming communities. Yet even though Indonesia’s biggest pulpwood and palm oil companies are moving away from deforestation, the destruction on the ground continues. The government must now act to reform the forest sector so it works for people and the environment.

Category: Spring 2015

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