Borneo Rain forest

Palm Oil – Destroying our World

Borneo is a tiny and a unique part of our world. We feel so privileged to have traveled here. One of the oldest rain forest in the world, and home to a huge number of plants, trees, mammals and at least 400 types of birds. Our guide pointed out plants with various medicinal properties. Native people here have used many plants for centuries to relieve stomach ailments, infections, and headaches.

But on the sad side, there is a clear risk that hundreds of species could become extinct due to Palm Tree Forests.

It is one of the World’s most important biological sites. Sadly it is at risk of being destroyed by mankind. Borneo’s rain forests are being cut and degraded for timber, palm oil, pulp, rubber and minerals. Oil palm development contributes to deforestation 

One of the biggest drivers of deforestation is the growth of oil palm plantations in response to global demand for palm oil, the most important tropical vegetable oil in the global oils and fats industry. Within Indonesia, oil palm production expanded from 600,000 hectares in 1985 to over 6 million hectares by 2007. About half of all presently productive plantations were established in secondary forest and bush areas in Malaysia and Indonesia.

15 Comments

  1. This sounds like a great place to visit, so much tropical green. It’s a shame that humans are destroying it! Is nothing sacred to Homo Sapien?

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