Oil Palm Threatens Indonesia’s Rainforests and Orangutans

oil palm plantationIndonesia plans to cut a 2,000 kilometer long, five kilometer wide swathe through one of the world's largest remaining areas of pristine rainforest to create a massive oil palm plantation. The project would destroy two million hectares of ancient rainforest in Kalimantan, traversing almost the entire border with Malaysia, and slicing through three national parks. These remote rainforests on the island of Borneo are home to countless species of rare birds, plants and mammals including the largest remaining wild orangutan population.

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17 Responses

  1. Andrea Lawless says:

    Use your rainforests for tourism not oil.

  2. Robert J minolfo, MS, RD, CDN says:

    Please do not destroy the orangatan habitat, and I urge you to seriously consider reclaiming existing plantations to be used for the oil palm production. Your actions may have serious repercussions as to the ecosystem of your great nation, and not only the indigenous human cultures, but also that of the beautiful animals and lush tropical plant life, that roduces the clean, pure air foe all humanity. Please do not justify your need by doing it for greedy or other business agendas, please consider existing options. Thank you .

  3. NK Acevedo says:

    Please do what is right for the animals & the earth.

  4. Amanda Murphy says:

    To whom it may concern,
    There is so much to be said about the countries that are making forward thinking decisions, the world does not forget and the world searches out the last remaining preserved places. Use the main stream media, let the world know you need visitors and support for making positive decisions to save the orangutan habitat. We want to help, Make a call out to the world, a challenge, if you like, to new technology and more diverse forms of farming so that the land can be used forever, protecting our childrens future as well. I have just watched a terrible tradegy on television because of mudslides that could be created by such widespread destruction of the very brace (it's trees)that hold it up. It may be the orangutan who die out first but we are not far behind ifwe continue to poison and destroy the last remaining wild places. I have a child, I am sure you have children in your family. Be proud and shout it from the top of your lungs that you will protect this place for the generations coming.
    Thank you considering the other options for a better tomorrow.
    sincerely, Amanda Murphy

  5. isabelle Ponsonnet says:

    no comment…everything is eloquently explained here!!

  6. kay halley says:

    Why do we have to destroy what is existing to make way for a new product. I'm
    thinking we can never innocently purchase a product without being
    suspicious of what has happened to get it to the

  7. Stijn Bruers says:

    Please have respect for all living beings. The death of the Orangutans is not only the death of individuals, but also the end of birth.

  8. Ian Gray says:

    Orang utans are our closest relatives, surely governments should be eager to help to protect them rather than allowing themselves to be bought off by big business.It seems mankinds greed knows no bounds.Todays governments in Malaysia and Indonesia hold the future of the orang utans in their hands -they must not put greed before preserving the most precious of environments.

  9. Margaret Hadderman says:

    Please let the rainforests and the orangutans survive!

  10. Anne Muraski says:

    Please do not destroy one of your greatest assets

  11. Steve Tyler says:

    I have recently journeyed to Borneo (July 2005) witnessing the already devasted rainforests and several primate rehab centers. To clear more primary rainforest is unfathomable while already degraded land is available and usable for palm oil plantations. Please do what is morally correct.

  12. Bassam Imam says:

    Dear Sir/Madam:
    We must never end our protection of GOD's beautiful forests, and the humans and creatures that live therein!
    Very Best Wishes,

  13. Tawnya Shields says:

    When will the madness end? Please stop destroying the beautiful rainforest and the beings that live there!

  14. Oliver Hilton says:

    Please stop the destruction of this wonderful rainforest.

  15. Karimah bint Abdul-Aziz says:

    Please extend yourselves to become a part of the solution to our planet's suffering, and not continue to be a contributor to the problem.

  16. Nick Lyon says:

    If people are interested in learning more about the palm oil situation please have a look at our site – http://www.cockroach.org.uk
    We have been working as members of the Ape Alliance Palm Oil Working Group for over a year now and have made some real progress with getting the issues around palm oil understood in this country.
    I would like to point out that in your letters you are writing it would be well worth noting that there are huge areas of degraded land in Indonesia – a fact that the Indonesian government has just recognised publicly very recently. Development of palm oil must happen on this degraded and unused land before Indonesia should be considering clearing this vast tract of land.
    The last agricultural development of this scale was the Mega-Rice Project, and this was universally acknowledged as a huge failure, and local communities are still suffering from the devastating impacts it had.
    Indonesia should also be referring to the Kinshasa Agreement it recently signed, and recognise that it will not be working towards the goals it signed up to for protecting great apes by pursuing this mega plantation.
    More and more people around the world are recognising the importance of making biofuels properly green. There is no doubt that by converting rainforest you are not having the same carbon balancing impacts you would be having by developing degraded land – particularly the grasslands in Kalimantan that have become part of the annual burn cycle. More and more people will be looking to the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) to source their palm oil from non-destructive sources. Although certification is not yet in place, it will be coming soon, and this plantation will never qualify as sustainable – the oil may well prove to have no international market.
    I also believe it is the responsibility of nations within the EU and for the US to assist Indonesia and its companies in achieving the goals of sustainable palm oil production. A premium will have to be paid for sustainable palm oil – certainly in the early periods of its certified development – governments should be looking at biofuel issues and establishing subsidies and tax incentives that provide for consumption of sustainable palm oil.
    Please check in with us to see some photos, read stories and find out what more you can do to realise the end of destructive conversion of rainforest for palm oil.
    Nick Lyon,
    Producer, Cockroach Productions http://www.cockroach.org.uk
    Cockroach Productions is a member of the Ape Alliance http://www.4apes.com

  17. Yaja Kindermann says:

    All I can say, is that I am ashamed to be a human being, and I have been vegan for over 25 years. I realise my contribution to the exploitation of global resources and wild life. All I can do is hope that I am doing my utmost to preserve what little hope there is in maintaining our world and it's species. I have no children by choice, and it is because of the human desire for meglomania and consumerism, that I can say thank God for that. And that is not the reason I should be chosing.

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