At 6.5 million acres, the Leuser Ecosystem is a world unto itself—a rich and verdant expanse of intact tropical lowland rainforests, cloud draped mountains and steamy peatlands. It is among the most biodiverse and ancient ecosystems ever documented by science, and it is the last place where Sumatran orangutans, elephants, tigers, rhinos and sun bears still roam side by side.
But the Leuser Ecosystem exists at a tenuous crossroads. Despite being protected under Indonesian national law, massive industrial development for palm oil, pulp and paper plantations and mining threaten the entire ecosystem, as well as the continued wellbeing of the millions of Acehnese people who depend on it for their food, water and livelihoods.
Will you raise your voice today to call for the protection of the Leuser Ecosystem?
In November 2014, RAN exposed the links between the ‘Big Three Buyers’ of palm oil from the Leuser Ecosystem region—Wilmar International, Musim Mas Group and Golden Agri-Resources Ltd—and the destruction on the ground in Indonesia. Since then, all of the Big Three Buyers have publicly confirmed that they source from palm oil companies with operations in or near the Leuser Ecosystem and have begun initiatives to bring these palm oil companies into compliance with their responsible palm oil policies.
These actions are all steps in the right direction. However, despite these efforts, Conflict Palm Oil continues to expand into the heart of the rainforests and peatlands of the Leuser Ecosystem. Wilmar, Musim Mas and Golden Agri-Resources, and their customers in the Snack Food 20, remain at high risk of sourcing Conflict Palm Oil produced inside the Leuser Ecosystem. It is clear that more action is needed throughout the entire supply chain to effect real changes on the ground inside the Leuser Ecosystem.
Time is running out, especially in the lowland rainforests and the carbon-rich peatlands which are at the frontlines of Conflict Palm Oil expansion. We need these buyers to take urgent action to intervene and secure the permanent protection of the priceless Leuser Ecosystem. Given the scale of the climate and biodiversity crisis, we simply cannot afford to lose the Leuser Ecosystem.
Add your name. Raise your voice today to protect the Leuser Ecosystem.
Read our latest report: Protecting the Leuser Ecosystem: A Shared ResponsibilityPhotos and more on our blog.
For more information read:
The Last Place on Earth - Exposing the Threats to the Leuser Ecosystem: A Global Biodiversity Hotspot Deserving Protection
The Last Place on Earth: Executive Summary (English)
The Last Place on Earth: Executive Summary (Indonesian)
Press Release: The Last Place on Earth
15 Stunning Photos from The Last Place on Earth - The Leuser Ecosystem in Pictures
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We need your company to take immediate action to protect one of the most important rainforests on Earth.
Despite your company’s efforts to bring suppliers into compliance with its responsible palm oil policy, Conflict Palm Oil continues to expand into the heart of the Leuser Ecosystem.
We simply can not afford further delays. A moratorium is urgently needed to halt the destruction of rainforests and peatlands for palm oil expansion in this global biodiversity hotspot. Will your company take decisive action to proactively stop the bulldozers that are destroying the rainforests and peatlands of the Leuser Ecosystem?
The Leuser Ecosystem is an expanse of intact tropical lowland rainforests, cloud draped mountains and steamy peatlands. It is among the most biodiverse and ancient ecosystems ever documented by science, and it is the last place on Earth where Sumatran orangutans, elephants, tigers, rhinos and sun bears still roam side by side. Conflict Palm Oil threatens its lowland rainforests and peatlands, as well as the continued wellbeing of the millions of Acehnese people who depend on it for their food, water and livelihoods.
Right now, nine Conflict Palm Oil Culprits are destroying the lowland rainforests that are the world’s best remaining habitat for the critically endangered Sumatran elephant. Other companies, including the Indonesian Government’s own PTPN III, are destroying the region’s largest, deepest and most intact peatland. This destruction and climate disaster must be stopped.
As one of the biggest buyers of palm oil from this region, your company must take urgent action to intervene and secure the permanent protection of the priceless Leuser Ecosystem.
I recognize that your company has adopted a leading commitment and is taking action to address these risks in its supply chain. But the threat to the Leuser Ecosystem is immediate, and the consequences would be devastating and irreversible: we simply can not afford to delay driving real change on the ground in the Leuser Ecosystem.
Take action today to enforce an immediate moratorium on the clearance of rainforests and peatlands in the Leuser Ecosystem.
With your help we will protect this global treasure for generations to come.