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Indonesia forests still dwindle despite reforms

Indonesia says destructive palm oil industry is changing, environmentalists remain skeptical

FILE - In this June 21, 2013, file photo, firemen spray water to extinguish a bushfire in Pekanbaru, Riau province, Indonesia,. Indonesia is highlight...

US Indonesia Forests

FILE - In this June 21, 2013, file photo, firemen spray water to extinguish a bushfire in Pekanbaru, Riau province, Indonesia,. Indonesia is highlight...

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Indonesia is highlighting its progress in curbing the environmental destruction that has depleted forests and made the Southeast Asian nation a leading source of greenhouse gases. But environmentalists are unconvinced.

They say pulp and palm oil plantations are still expanding at an alarming rate in Sumatran forests, despite efforts by the government and industry. That expansion has contributed to climate change and threatens endangered tigers and orangutans.

More than 80 percent of Indonesia's emissions are due to clearing of what is the world's third-largest area of rainforest, after Brazil and the Democratic Republic of Congo. About half of Indonesia's rainforest has already been destroyed.


Updated : 2021-03-02 12:03 GMT+08:00