Indonesia has one of the world’s largest remaining areas of tropical forests. From tigers and orangutans to Sumatran elephants, the forests support a stunning array of wildlife. They also soak up huge amounts of climate-warming carbon dioxide.
But an area of Indonesian forest the size of Delaware is cleared each year by loggers and palm oil companies. On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the consequences of Indonesia’s rapid deforestation for wildlife, the climate and people.
Joining the program:
- Amanda Korstjens, an ecologist at the University of Bournemouth and director of the Landscape Ecology and Primatology (LEAP) project.
- Rolf Skar, forest campaign director for Greenpeace USA.
- Anja Lillegraven, head of the southeast Asia and Oceania division at the Rainforest Foundation Norway.
- Laurel Neme, an author and journalist who has covered the issue for National Geographic and Huffington Post.