Thursday, November 25, 2010

WWF-Indonesia report on Sumatra

WWF-Indonesia has just published a new report on Sumatra:

WWF-Indonesia (2010) Sumatra's Forests, their Wildlife and the Climate.

Windows in Time: 1985, 1990, 2000 and 2009. A quantitative assessment of some of Sumatra's natural resources submitted as technical report by invitation to the National Forestry Council (DKN) and to the National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS) of Indonesia.

This report provides you with additional information on the concern voiced in your letter - clearance of non-primary, logger-over, but high conservation value natural forests.

The report is a sequesnce to our 2008 report on deforestation in Riau province and highlights the threat to Sumatra's wildlife including orangutan, floral diversity and global climate by continued natural forest clearance and peat drainage especially by the pulp & paper industry.

For example, our new analysis found that:

* Over the past 23 years, Sumatra lost almost half of its forest cover, at an average rate of 542,000 hectares (2.1%) per year. By 2008/9 this had reduced the natural forest cover of the 44 million hectare Sumatran mainland to 12.8 million ha or 29%.

* Much of the island's huge emissions are due to Sumatra's "Mega Pulp Project" that has been quietly but steadily expanding in the peat lands of Riau, Jambi, North, West and South Sumatra since the 2000s.


2.2 million ha, built on much deeper peat with faster drainage, and continuously expanding, Sumatra's "Mega Pulp Project" is a climate disaster, far worse than Central Kalimantan's infamous ex Mega Rice Project. Riau is the absolute leader of Sumatra's "Mega Pulp Project", having provided 71% of the total area for conversion (1.6 million ha), having already lost the natural forest in 37% of the total designated conversion area (0.8 million ha), and threatening almost all of its remaining natural peat forest (0.8 million ha). All pulp wood concessions in Riau supply wood to the mills of the Sinar Mas Group's Asia Pulp & Paper and APRIL.

The report can be downloaded at:

Summary with photos and maps is available at:

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