Palm oil, paper drive large-scale destruction of Indonesia's forests, but account for diminishing role in economy

01 August 2011

Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI) have reported that the country's forests were cleared at a rate of 1.5 million hectares per year between 2000 - 2009. Sumatra lost 3.7 million hectares of forest during this time. Industrial plantations - for palm oil and pulp and paper, are the primary drivers of deforestation in Indonesia.

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