Greenpeace Southeast Asia


From Indonesia to Helsinki: stop deforestation! by Chuck Baclagon

As darkness fell last night, our activists from the Climate Defenders Camp in Indonesia, ended yesterdays action against pulp and paper giant APRIL who continue to be involved in mass forest clearance, despite repeatedly stating that they have ceased such activities in the Kampar Peninsula.

The action, undertaken in the heart of the Sumatran rainforest, successfully prevented APRIL staff from using excavators and heavy machinery, stopping the clearing of carbon-rich peatland and intact forest for 10 hours.

Around 40 activists have been taken to the district police station and continue to be detained for questioning today. Two thirds of these committed activists are from Indonesia, the rest are foreign nationals from around the world.

The call to stop deforestation and peatland drainage was heard all the way to Helsinki, where Finnish global paper giant UPM-Kymmene has stated it will stop buying pulp from APRIL. This is a major win in the fight against runaway climate change as deforestation and peat land degradation are the two major causes of greenhouse gas emission in Indonesia, the worlds third largest emitter of CO2 after the US and China.

>>Read the full action story here
>>Join the call for an ambitious deal in Copenhagen including a forest fund


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