RAN Staff Visits Allies and Sites of Forest Conflict in Indonesia - July 2011
Active forest clearance outside the village of Muara Merang. Hutan Desa (literally 'village forest') designation for this community should mean that the remaining peatland forests will be preserved, while degraded areas such as this would be planted with tree crops like rubber.
RAN Forest Campaigner Lafcadio Cortesi and Communications Manager Laurel Sutherlin traveled to Indonesia in July of 2011 to meet with and interview an extensive network of allies involved in the movement to resist the rampant deforestation and human rights abuses occurring there. They conducted site visits to remote villages of Siabu, Muara Merang and Tanjung Alam, each impacted in different ways by Indonesia's forest crisis.