Indonesian Ambassador Primo Alui Joelianto is to receive an Honorary Professorship from Murdoch University July 7, 2011 Print This Post Media contact: Jo Manning Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: email@example.com Categories: Tags: Comments (One response) karen cobb February 27, 2012 Dear Primo Alui Joelianto Indonesian Embassy 8 Darwin Avenue Yarralumla ACT 2600 Australia Dear Primo Alui Joelianto As you are aware, the harmful environmental, social and economic impacts of the palm oil industry are extensive. The increasing expansion of palm oil plantations is rapidly contributing to the demise of some of the world’s most bio-diverse tropical rainforest, exacerbating the global climate change, promoting wide spread social unrest and facilitating in vicious cycle of corruption. Despite palm oil’s potential to become a “major source of sustainable and renewable raw materials for the world’s food, oleochemical and biofuel industries” it production has resulted in mass deforestation and near extension of several animals’ species. These endangered species include the Sumatran Tiger, the Sumatran Oranutan and the Bornean Orangutan. A report published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2007 stated that palm oil plantations are currently the leading cause of rainforest destruction in Malaysia and Indonesia. I respectfully request that you : a) Stop all concessions to palm oil companies to clear rainforests for the establishment and expansion of palm oil plantations. b) Invest resources into monitoring the activities of palm oil companies to minimize illegal expansion of palm oil plantations. c) Restore peatlands that have been drained and degraded. d) Recognise the customary rights of local people. e) Remove plantations from national parks. f) Ensure that members of the RSPO maintain the integrity of its aims and objectives. Please take the action necessary to preserve these valuable forests for future generations. Yours sincerely Karen Cobb Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!