Saving Indonesia’s rainforests: using maps, brands and politics to end deforestation

Friday 6 May 5.00 - 6.30PM

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Law School Foyer Level 2, Sydney Law School University of Sydney


In association with Greenpeace Australia Pacific & Sydney Ideas

2016 is a critical time for Indonesia’s rainforests. An area of forest the size of Germany has been lost in the last 25 years, driving species to the brink and threatening the global climate. At the height of last year’s forest fires, Indonesia was emitting more carbon than the entire US economy. Kiki Taufik, the Global Head of Greenpeace’s Indonesian Forests Campaign will outline why protecting Indonesia’s forests is critical to global efforts to stabilise the climate and preserve biodiversity. He will analyse recent developments concerning Indonesia’s forests, including the 2015 forest fires, the creation of a new agency to protect peatland, the work of the anti-corruption commission, and Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s recent bans on new forest clearance and mining. He will give an overview of Greenpeace’s decade-long campaign to save Indonesia’s remaining rainforests, and outline key opportunities and threats in 2016, explaining the central importance of mapping, the President’s commitments, and the key role global brands will play.


Kiki Taufik, from Greenpeace South East Asia, is the Global head of Greenpeace’s Indonesia Forest campaign, who has spent the last year combating the devastating forest fires in Indonesia.

David Ritter (Chair) is the Chief Executive Officer of Greenpeace Australia Pacific. Before taking up his present position, David worked for Greenpeace in London in a series of senior campaign positions. Prior to joining Greenpeace, David was one of Australia’s leading Indigenous rights lawyers. David is a widely published commentator on current affairs and is the author of two books on native title.


Jeff Neilson’ s research focuses on natural resource management and rural economic development in South and Southeast Asia, with specific area expertise on Indonesia.
These interests are explored through two complementary research programs. The first explores the livelihood implications of market engagement for smallholder farmers in the Global South using a value chain framework. The second examines emerging forms of environmental and resource governance arising from the confluence of conventional state structures, civil society organisations and market-driven regulation such as certification schemes and payments for ecosystem services.

Vannessa Hearman is lecturer in Indonesian Studies at the University of Sydney and a historian of Southeast Asia. Her research deals with the violent anti-communist repression in Indonesia (1965-68) and efforts to address this past. She also writes about transnational activism related to human rights in Indonesia and East Timor. With Professor Michele Ford and Dr Thushara Dibley, she holds a Faculty Research Collaborative Scheme grant for research on Indonesian activism and policy engagement under President Joko Widodo. Vannessa teaches senior level Indonesian language in the Department of Indonesian Studies, as well as history and social science units in the Asian Studies Program.