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Uploaded on Monday 21 Mar 2011 by Peter Prokosch

Paper mill, Sumatra

Year: 2010
From collection: World Forest Ecosystems
Taken by: Peter Prokosch
The forests on the Indonesian island of Sumatra are witnessing some of the fastest rates of deforestation in the world. Over the last decade, dozens of pulp and paper companies have established themselves on the island chopping down trees and setting up palm oil plantations on the cleared land. These changes have far-reaching environmental as well as socio-economic impacts on the island communities that are so dependent on the natural resources and ecosystem services provided by the rainforests.
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