The inspiration of our story books
Indonesia is home to some of the most ecologically important stands of tropical rainforest in the world. Between providing habitat for important species and keeping a wealth of carbon out of our atmosphere, these unique ecosystems have everything – everything but protection that is. Global demand for paper and clothing is helping drive their destruction.
The biodiversity of Indonesia’s rainforests is among the planet’s highest: orangutans, tigers, elephants and rhinos all call them home. These days, home is a pretty risky place. All of these mammals, and countless other species, are listed as critically endangered, due largely to habitat destruction from deforestation.
Indonesia’s forests contain:
10% of the world’s mammal species
16% of our planet’s bird species
11% of earth’s plant species
Logging these rich biospheres for pulp, paper and clothing, then replacing them with acacia tree and palm oil plantations is short sighted. This is the forest equivalent of paving paradise to put up a parking lot.
Species Under Stress
It is feared that the already stressed Sumatran elephant population might be extinguished in the Bukit Tigapuluh Forest Landscape due to a new plantation recently approved by the government. Of the ~500 remaining Sumatran tigers, it is estimated that at least 20% live on unprotected land at high risk for logging.
For orangutans, life is not better. A 2003 report from the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species counted 7,300 Sumatran orangutans in the wild. That number has since declined to a conservative estimate of 6,600 and it is thought Sumatran orangutans will be the first Great Ape species to go extinct.