National Geographic has published a video called Deforestation Fear In Indonesia on their website. In it, Greenpeace campaigner Bustar (who is currently on the Esperanza) tells how Papua’s forests are under threat. He explains how companies are destroying Papua’s forest, including palm oil producers. If the government can’t stop deforestation, it could all be gone in 10 years.
What’s very interesting is the appearance of director of the Indonesian forestry ministry, Tony Suhartono. He said: “If all the stakeholders agreed to a moratorium, with minimum impact for economic and regional development, than let’s find the way for that. If the only solution is just a moratorium without having any options, that will be difficult.”
For me, it’s important for the government to make a decision for the nation and their people who live in the forest. That’s why we’re asking Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to declare a moratorium on all deforestation. Write to him now and tell him to make the right decision.
posted by Arie in Jakarta