Indonesia’s forest communities under threat
seeing as how inactive we are during the winter, there will be intermittent solidarity posts here about forest defense and defenders around the world. here’s the first one:
For indigenous groups in Indonesia, the rainforest plays a crucial role in their cultural belief system.
As vast areas of the forest are being cut down to make space for palm oil plantations, one community in the heart of Borneo is pushing back to try to defend its land.
Al Jazeera’s Step Vaessen reports from East Kalimantan:
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono recently signed a two-year moratorium on new logging concessions and as a result will receive $1 billion dollars from Norway as part of a UN-backed bilateral agreement in helping to reduce emissions.
But in secretly filmed footage, Al Jazeera reveals that the reality on the ground paints a different picture where government officials continue to grant hundreds of licenses to mining and logging companies.
Al Jazeera’s Step Vaessen reports from Borneo:
palm oil producer accused of illegal logging
Global consumer product giants Unilever and Nestle have stopped buying palm oil for use in its goods from Indonesia’s largest producer Sinar Mas. The company is accused by environmental activists Greenpeace of illegally clearing forests in Indonesia for its plantations. Sinar Mas denies the claims and says it’s hired independent auditors to prove its case. Step Vaessen reports (27 April, 2010).