The World Resources Institute (WRI) says Indonesia needs to invest in long-term solutions to end slash-and-burn practices. (Photo courtesy of Greenpeace/Ulet Ifansasti)

Save the Forest, Save the World

BY :ULET IFANSASTI & ARDILES RANTE

DECEMBER 04, 2015

Fires on drained peatlands have elevated Indonesia's position as one of the world's largest emitter's of greenhouse gasses.

The environmental disaster impacting Paduran village, Central Kalimantan, has spurred residents into action as they team up with Greenpeace, several NGOs and the University of Palangkaraya to shine a spotlight on rapidly receding water levels of the region's peatlands, which are drained for plantations.

Greenpeace activists, members of the University of Palangkaraya's Center for International Cooperation in Sustainable Management of Tropical Peatland (Cimtrop), Save Our Borneo activists and local residents place a giant banner in Sebangau peatland forest, Central Kalimantan, to demand stricter laws on forest protection that can prevent fires and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. (Greenpeace Photo/Ulet Ifansasti)

The demonstration was staged to run in conjunction with the ongoing Paris cimate talks. (Greenpeace Photo/Ulet Ifansasti)

Protesters from various environmental groups are joined with residents of Paduran village, Central Kalimantan, to call for greater protection of the province's peatlands.  (Greenpeace Photo/Ulet Ifansasti)

Activists demand for greater 'Forest Protection, NOW!' (Greenpeace Photo/Ulet Ifansasti)

Environmental activist display a giant banner reading, 'Save our land; prevent forest fires.' (Greenpeace Photo/Ulet Ifansasti)

The demonstration was a collaboration between Greenpeace, the University of  Palangkaraya, Greenpeace, residents of Paduran village and several NGOs. (Greenpeace Photo/Ulet Ifansasti)

Activists wave to overflying helicopters. (Greenpeace Photo/Ulet Ifansasti)

Activists wave beneath a side that reads, 'Protect our land, save the climate.' (Greenpeace Photo/Ulet Ifansasti)

Environmental activists from Greenpeace, the University of Palangkaraya's Cimtrop, Save Our Borneo and the Forest Fire Rapid Response Team of Central Kalimantan work side by side to build a dam in Paduran Village. (Greenpeace Photo/Ardiles Rante)

Environment actiEnvironment activist hold portraits of people wearing masks as they stand on a dam that was built to block a canal draining peatlands for plantations in Paduran village Central Kalimantan. (Greenpeace Photo/Ardiles Rante)vist hold portraits of people wearing masks on a dam that is built  to block a canal draining peatlands for plantations in Paduran village, Sebangau sub district ,Central Kalimantan province, Indonesia. (Photo Greenpeace/Ardiles Rante)

Environment activist hold portraits of people wearing masks while standing on a dam that was built to block a canal draining peatlands for plantations in Paduran village, Central Kalimantan province. (Greenpeace Photo/Ardiles Rante)

Longgena Ginting, country director of Greenpeace Indonesia carries a sack of soil as he joins in the construction of a dam that would block a canal draining peatlands for plantations in Paduran village, Central Kalimantan. (Photo Greenpeace/Ardiles Rante)

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