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Pak Arkamis Kadus, Deputy Head in the Tebo Farmers’ Union, Lubuk Mandarsah, Jambi Province, Indonesia

“There are many instances of environmental degradation. In our village, mosquitos are on the rise after the plantation was planted. The environment is not as clean as it used to be. Rivers are now blocked by Asia Pulp & Paper’s operations, so the water flows poorly to our major rivers. Now massive floods come after it rains...This is why we need to clean up the river so we can have clean water for the community.”

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Water systems are often heavily impacted by pulp and paper plantations. Historically, forest ecosystems have naturally filtered fresh drinking water for communities for generations. However, monocrop plantations suck up significantly more water and leave the soil barren and susceptible to erosion and flooding.

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