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In Pictures: A Moment of Truth on International Day of Forests

Posted by Angela Glienicke - 21st March 2018

Today is International Day of Forests, which raises awareness about the importance of all sorts of trees and woodlands. Our new report “Moment of Truth” shines a light on companies’ readiness to come clean about where their palm oil comes from and finds that brands are not on track to meet their commitments to a clean palm oil supply chain by 2020. With the destruction of Indonesia’s rainforest showing no sign of slowing down species like the Bornean orangutan remain threatened due to loss of habitat. Big brands must reveal where their palm oil comes from and help halt dangerous consequences like devastating forest fires and climate change.

An adult orangutan stands on the ground at Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation in Nyaru Menteng, Central Kalimantan.
Fungi  is seen in the rainforest in Kalasou valley, Sorong, West Papua.
A Bay Cat (Pardofelis badia) gray morph male is photographed in lowland rainforest, Tawau Hills Park, Sabah, Borneo.
A stranded orangutan clings to a solitary tree in the PT Ladang Sawit Mas (PT LSM) concession within the Sungai Putri peatland landscape of Ketapang district, West Kalimantan. PT LSM is controlled by the Bumitama group, a member of the RSPO. International Animal Rescue Indonesia rescued several starving orangutans from the oil palm concession after Bumitama cleared extensive areas of their rainforest habitat.

Fallen flowers are seen in a lowland rainforest landscape in the Nimbokrang-Swamp Forest, West Papua.

An aerial view from a helicopter shows fires at forest and palm oil plantations in Pangkalan Terap, Teluk Meranti, Pelalawan regency, Riau. Riau Province Forest Fires Task Force try to extinguish the fire in the peatland area from the air and on the ground.
Children playing without wearing any protection – the air is engulfed with a thick haze from the forest fires at Sei Ahass village, Kapuas district in Central Kalimantan province on Borneo island, Indonesia. These fires are a threat to the health of thousands.
Mountain forests are photographed on the outskirts of Manokwari, Papua, Indonesia. Greenpeace is in Indonesia to document one of the world’s most biodiverse – and threatened – environments and to call for urgent action to ensure that the country’s oceans and forests are protected.
A semi-wild Sumatran Tiger (Panthera Tigris Sumatrae) is seen at the Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation rescue centre, which is part of the South Bukit Barisan National Park.
A large fire scar marks the burnt remains of peatland forest and recently cleared and drained deep peatland inside the PT Kusuma Alam Sari oil palm concession in Kubu Raya, West Kalimantan. PT KAS is part of the Alas Kusuma Group.
This photo from Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) shows a female and her baby. It’s a new species of orangutan – the Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis) is the first new addition in almost a century to the small club of great apes, joining its fellow Sumatran and Borneo orangutans.
Excavators clear forest inside the PT Karya Makmur Abadi Estate II palm oil concession. PT KMA II contains important areas of mapped orangutan habitat and is a subsidiary of the Malaysian Kuala Lumpar Kepong Berhad (KLK) group.
Aerial view of Papua province, Indonesia’s last intact forest frontier. Clouds frame a broad expanse of forest extending to the Maoke Mountains in Jayawijaya district, part of the Central Cordillera highland mountain range in Papua.