Blog: Forests

Indonesia: Is the world still looking away?

Posted by India Thorogood — 30 March 2016 at 11:40am - Comments
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‘Indonesia is burning - so why is the world looking away?’ Late last year those words shone a small spotlight on a massive climate crisis - now it looks like they could be depressingly relevant again.

Sumatran rhino found while forest habitat is lost

Posted by jamie — 30 March 2016 at 9:13am - Comments
Sumatran rhino found in East Kalimantan, Indonesia
All rights reserved. Credit: Ari Wibowo / WWF-Indonesia
This rhino is being moved to relative safety, but the species is still critically endangered

Good news for rhino fans: last week, researchers announced the first live encounter with a Sumatran rhino in Borneo for over 40 years. But the human pressures that have pushed this species to the brink of extinction are still very much in play.

In pictures: Fascinating forests of the world and what we are doing to them

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 18 March 2016 at 5:19pm - Comments
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Nordic forest in Romania. Trees in the Retezat National Park in the Carpathian Mountains

It's the International day of Forests today and a quote by Mahatma Gandhi springs to mind: “What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.”

Palm oil: who's still trashing forests?

Posted by Annisa Rahmawati — 3 March 2016 at 11:39am - Comments
A crime scene: burned peatland and forest remains, planted with oil palm
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How 'clean' is the palm oil used by major brands around the world? Today, we're releasing the results of our investigation into which companies are keeping promises to stop deforestation in Indonesia for palm oil. Take a look now to see who's keeping up - and who's lagging way behind.

In pictures: Wonderful Wetlands, celebrating World Wetlands Day

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 2 February 2016 at 11:07am - Comments
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Abbot Point and Caley Valley Wetlands

Today NGOs and community groups around the world raise awareness and promote the conservation of wetlands and celebrate World Wetlands Day. This year’s theme is “Wetlands for our future; sustainable livelihoods”.

<--break->The importance of wetlands in providing a habitat, hosting a vast variety of life, as well the threat they can be under is illustrated in our archive pictures below.

10 shocking facts showing how companies are still trashing Indonesia’s rainforests

Posted by Danielle Boobyer — 20 November 2015 at 12:37pm - Comments
Orphaned orangutan and palm oil plantation
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Forest destruction and orphaned orangutan

For months, forest fires raged across Indonesia bringing the world's attention to the country's devastating forest destruction. Both people and orang-utans were endangered as the fires raged and a thick, choking haze swept across Southeast Asia.

These forest fires were a legacy of decades of destruction by palm oil and paper companies. Despite 'no deforestation' promises held by companies, forests are still being trashed.

Here's 10 shocking facts showing the scale of Indonesia's forest destruction, and why it needs to stop now.

Indonesia fires: "I'm tired of being made sick by this smoke"

Posted by Rahmi Carolina — 29 October 2015 at 1:44pm - Comments
All rights reserved. Credit: Ardiles Rante / Greenpeace

When I was young my friends and I would visit our local river, just a short walk from our small town in Pangkalan Kerinci, upstream of Riau's peatland coast in Sumatra. On days when we needed to cool down from the heat, we would spend hours swimming and getting lost in the shade of the trees, chasing birds and sleeping.

Choked in smoke - living in the thick of Indonesia’s haze

Posted by ZamZami — 25 September 2015 at 4:31pm - Comments
A Greenpeace investigator documents fire on recently cleared peatland
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Smoke caused by forest fires and peatland destruction, is covering about 80% of Sumatra, Indonesia. And it seems like no matter how far you try to escape, the smoke follows.

My wife and daughter should be at our home in Pekanbaru, Riau on the east of Sumatra right now. It’s been more than a month since we moved, or rather escaped to my parent’s house in West Sumatra. But like a dark cloud over my head I’ve since discovered that wherever I go, smoke follows.

In pictures: A river runs through it. Go with the flow on World Rivers Day

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 25 September 2015 at 3:16pm - Comments
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Trees and ferns line the Bairaman river and surrounding forest in West Pomio district.

This Sunday people from more than 60 countries celebrate World Rivers Day by taking part in various activities like festivals, river clean ups and habitat restoration to increase public awareness about the many values of rivers and the threats they face.

Tracking trees: How one Amazon Indigenous community is using tech to fight illegal logging

Posted by Fran G — 11 September 2015 at 11:19am - Comments
All rights reserved. Credit: © Lunae Parracho / Greenpeace

For the Ka’apor people of Brazil, protecting the Amazon rainforest isn’t just about climate change or wildlife. It is about survival.

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