Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Forest Destruction in Indonesia

Indonesia is failing to stop the destruction of its peatland forests although the country has promised to do so during the climate change conference last year held in Bali, Indonesia. Greenpeace has witnessed two palm oil companies ilegally clearing government-owned land on Sumatra island last month.

Indonesia has one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world, which is driven by high demand for commodities and weak law enforcement. Recently, large swathes of peatland forest has been cleared out to make way for the booming in palm oil industry. In fact, emissions from deforestation, especially peatland, have made Indonesia as the third-largest carbon emitter in the world, behind the US and China.

It is very important for the government of Indonesia to show its commitment on this matter especially after becoming the host in the last year climate change conference. The government should also reconsider their palm oil plantation regulation because it is indicated that the plantation has caused higher cooking oil price in the country.

This news was extracted from Indonesia failing to stop forest destruction: Greenpeace.

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