Papua New Guinea & West Papua: Species Endangered by Palm Oil Deforestation

As the rainforest habitats are destroyed in Indonesia, Indonesian and Chinese oil palm processing companies are switching focus towards Papua New Guinea, West Papua, Africa and South America to keep up with demand for palm oil.

Papua New Guinea and West Papua were divided up and taken by force colonial forces from Indonesia in the middle of last century, however the indigenous owners, the Papuans who have lived the region for thousands of years simply call the whole region: Papua and its surrounding islands: Melanesia.

Papua harbours uniquely beautiful animals including rare marsupials and birds not found anywhere else on the planet. In the lush and fertile forests of PNG live thinking, feeling and intelligent beings that love their children. Just like us, they just want to survive and have their animal families and communities left in peace. These animals live in Papua New Guinea and have a IUCN Red List status of Critically Endangered, Endangered or Vulnerable. Although animal conservation is still relatively new in Papua New Guinea, there is hope, with conservation foundations working to protect these species and the rainforest they live in.

Rainforests in Papua are now under threat by palm oil plantations on illegally taken land

Indigenous people are the rightful and proper custodians of rainforests and their voices deserve to be heard in environmental campaigns. Particularly in Papua, because they had their land taken from them illegally and with excessive force and violence from the occupying Indonesian military.

There are many ways you can join the fight too. Become a Palm Oil Detective and Take Action today!

#PapuaNewGuinea and #WestPapua harbour the most unusual and beautiful #wildlife in the world. All forest-dwellers are endangered by #palmoil #deforestation by big supermarket brands #Boycott4Wildlife

Further Information

Issues Brief: ‘Palm Oil and Biodiversity’ IUCN

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Published by Palm Oil Detectives

Hi, I’m Palm Oil Detective’s Editor in Chief. Palm Oil Detectives is partly a consumer website about palm oil in products and partly an online community for writers, artists and musicians to showcase their work and express their love for endangered species. I have a strong voice for creatures great and small threatened by deforestation. With our collective power we can shift the greed of the retail industry and influence big palm oil to stop cutting down forests. Be bold! Be courageous! Join me and stand up for the animals with your art and your supermarket choices!

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