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Paper mill, Sumatra

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.

Year: 2014

From album: World Forest Ecosystems

Photographer: Peter Prokosch

Tags: carbon Cycles ecosystem gas global

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