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Greenpeace Indonesia has noted that every year the rate of deforestation in the West Papua region reaches as much as 300,000 ha. Severe deforestation is occurring in southern Papua, particularly areas packed with oil palm plantations.

“That’s what our research shows in 2009 and 2010. By now the destruction to the forests there may have worsened,” said Charles Tawaru, coordinator of Greenpeace in Papua, Friday, August 10, 2012.

The mega project, Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate (MIFEE), and logging by forest concession holders contributes greatly to the increased deforestation of Papua, Tawaru said.

The list of demolition activities is staggering: MIFEE, 228,022 ha in Merauke and 45,000 ha in Sidey, Manokwari; PT Hendrison Iriana, 21,500 ha for palm plantation in Sorong regency (Klamono); PT Raja Wali Group/PT Tandan Sawita Papua, 18,337 ha in Kampung Yetti, Keroom Regency.

“The exploitation of the forest is becoming uncontrollable, exacerbated by government officials who lack wisdom or care for Papua,” said Tawaru.

Concern over the rate of deforestation has moved Greenpeace to hold a Cenderawasih Tour in November this year.

“The purpose of our action it to call for the protection and preservation of Papua forests,” he said.

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| National | Sun, October 19 2008, 3:52 PM

International NGO Greenpeace warns against increasing deforestation activities in Papua province.

 "During our helicopter flight over Papua's forests this past week, we witnessed the beauty of our last rain forests. At the same time, we also saw deforestation activities," Bustar Maitara of Greenpeace was quoted by Antara news agency as saying in Manokwari, Papua.

 Using the Esperanza ship, Greenpeace toured the coastal areas of Papua and saw evidences of deforestation, including the opening of forests for palm oil plantations belonging to a prominent national business group.

 "The Papuan forests are in danger due to the expansion of palm oil plantations as well as illegal logging. We have to take a stance to protect Indonesian forests and global climate by encouraging the Indonesian government to stop deforestation," Bustar said.

 Greenpeace's Esperanza toured the coastal area of Papua, starting from Papua's provincial capital of Jayapura on Oct. 6. The ship is anchored in Manokwari and is scheduled to leave for Jakarta on Sunday.

 The Esperanza will remain in Indonesia until Nov. 15.