pace of deforestation in the world: Indonezia
(Reuters) - Indonesia had the fastest pace of deforestation in the
world between 2000-2005, with an area of forest equivalent to 300
soccer pitches destroyed every hour, Greenpeace said on Thursday.
"The next generation of Indonesians will
not see any forest if no action is taken by the government to deal
with the problem," Greenpeace Indonesia forest campaigner
Bustar Maitar told a news conference.
An Indonesian villager cuts timber illegally at a forest
in Indonesia's Aceh province April 25, 2007. Indonesia had the fastest
pace of deforestation in the world between 2000-2005, with an area
of forest equivalent to 300 soccer
Hapsoro, an Indonesian Greenpeace forest campaigner,
said "It is a national shame for Indonesia to own this distinction
in the record books. These record rates of destruction make Indonesia
not only the fastest forest destroyer but also the world's number
one greenhouse gas polluter from deforestation."
Greenpeace has used the "award" tactic in the
past, notably with the "Golden Chainsaw" prize, which was awarded
in 2005 to Blairo Maggi, Governor of the State of Mato Grosso. At
the time Maggi, known as the "King of Soy", was one of the largest
destroyers of the Amazon rainforest.
Indonesia's high rate of forest loss is largely
the result of poor forest management and corruption. Each year thousands
of hectares are illegally logged for timber and burned to establish
oil palm plantations.
The Guinness World Records had approved a proposal
by Greenpeace that Indonesia's forest destruction be included in
its 2008 record book to be published in September this year, said
Greenpeace Southeast Asia campaigner Hapsoro.
a replica of the certificate from the global authority of records,
he said the citation from the publication would read: "Of the
44 countries which collectively account for 90 percent of the world's
forests, the country which pursues the highest annual rate of deforestation
is Indonesia with 1.8 million hectares (4.4 million acres) of forest
destroyed each year between 2000-2005."