Currently Riau is one of the richest province in Indonesia, and its resources are dominated by natural resources, especially oil, natural gas, rubber, oil palm and fiber plantations. But, Deforestation is on the rise and has decreased the area of the forest significantly from 78% in 1982 to only 33% in 2005. On average 160,000 hectares of forest have been cut down every year, leaving 22%, or 2.45 million hectares in 2009. Deforestation with the goal of opening up palm oil plantations and paper production has caused a fog of smoke that is very bothersome to appear in this province for years, and has spread to neighboring countries such as Malaysia and Singapore. In lieu of that, there needs to be efforts to save the forest of Riau.
Fightings for the Conservation of the Forest in West Sumatra
- Setapak Date:
- 11 January 2019