Indonesian Ambassador Primo Alui Joelianto is to receive an Honorary Professorship from Murdoch University

July 7, 2011

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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

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