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Group releases photos of Borneo rainforest to be converted for palm plantations via @mongabay

Group releases photos of Borneo rainforest to be converted for palm plantations via @mongabay

Group releases photos of Borneo rainforest to be converted for palm plantations mongabay.com January 27, 2012 Masrani, a Muara Tae community leader, stands on an Ulin stump in the Dayak Benuaq's customary land, cleared by palm oil firm PT Munte Wani Jaya Perkasa last year (credit: EIA/Tom Johnson) The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has released a set of photos from a visit to a contested area of forest set to be converted for oil palm plantations in Indonesian Borneo. The pictures, taken this month, show an area of forest used by hundreds of villagers from the community of Muara Tae in East Kalimantan. The community, made up of indigenous Dayak Benuaq, is fiercely opposing efforts to seize and log the forest, arguing that oil palm plantations will destroy their livelihoods. "There are more than 800 families in Muara Tae relying on the forests for their food, wate...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0127-muara_tae_eia.html

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