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 located on the northern tip of Sumatra. 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.
The Leuser Ecosystem exists at a tenuous crossroads. Palm oil plantations threaten 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.
A moratorium is urgently needed to halt the destruction of rainforests and peatlands for palm oil expansion in this global biodiversity hotspot.
The palm oil traders most at risk of trafficking Conflict Palm Oil sourced from the Leuser Ecosystem — Musim Mas Group, Wilmar International and Golden Agri-Resources — must break any ties to companies that continue to expand and destroy rainforests and peatlands in the Leuser Ecosystem.
Call on these three palm oil traders to enforce an immediate moratorium on the clearance of rainforests and peatlands in the Leuser Ecosystem today.