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Pictures of deforestation in Indonesia [updated 2014-04-08]



Below you will find a collection of photos from Indonesia. Pictures were taken by Rhett A. Butler over several years. While these images are the property of mongabay.com, it may be permissible to use them for non-commercial purposes (like powerpoint presentations and school projects), provided that the images are not altered in any form. Please read this for more details. If you are interested in using an image in a publication please contact me.


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Peatlands destruction in Riau


Illegal logging in Borneo

Illegal logging in Borneo


Forest clearing for oil palm [riau_0044]



Deforestation for oil palm development



Sunset over a deforested area [riau_0325]



Sunset over a deforested area [riau_0315]



Peat forest cleared for acacia


Canal in the Borneo peat forest


Deforestation in Sumatra [riau_1390]


Slash-and-burn agriculture in Borneo

Illegal logging operation in Borneo


Newly planted oil palm plantation [aceh_0901]


Illegal logging in Borneo

Illegal logging operation in Borneo

Burned forest in a peat swamp


Clearing for a new oil palm plantation [aceh_0853]



Freshly cleared forest for palm oil [aceh_0977]



Deforestation in Sumatra [riau_1366]



Peat fire in Riau


New oil palm plantation established on peatland outside Palangkaraya


Newly planted oil palm plantation [aceh_0913]


Canal built by the government of Central Kalimantan in 2012 to drain the peat forest

Illegal logging operation in Borneo


Forest clearing for oil palm [riau_0035]



Deforestation in Riau [riau_1177]



Forest clearing in Riau


Canal in the Borneo peat forest

Slash-and-burn agriculture in Borneo


Peatlands destruction in Riau [riau_1076]


Patch of jungle that has been slash-and-burned in Borneo (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Patch of jungle that has been slash-and-burned in Borneo. This section of forest was cut months past but the farmers missed their window for converting the land for agriculture. Rains came before the fallen vegetation had been thoroughly burned and thus, this land cannot be used for crops until the forest regrows and is slash-and-burned again. In its current state most nutrients have already been leached by the strong tropical sun and rain has washed away valuable soils.


Canal draining the peat forest


Replanting an oil palm plantation on the edge of Gunung Leuser National Park



Aerial vew of burning peatlands and forest in Indonesian Borneo



Peat fire in Sumatra [riau_1424]


Slash-and-burn agriculture in Borneo

Cleared and burned peatland in Borneo

Illegal logs floating in a river, waiting for processing


Drained and deforestated peatland



Oil palm plantation with the rainforest of Gunung Leuser National Park in the background



Newly planted oil palm plantation



Forest clearing for oil palm [riau_0029]



Chopped down rainforest tree


Canal in the Borneo peatland


Clearing for a new oil palm plantation



Deforestation in Sumatra



Peatlands destruction [riau_5489]



Freshly cleared forest for palm oil



Deforestation in Sumatra [riau_1393]



Cleared peatland with rainforest in the background [riau_5583]



Encroachment into GSK Biosphere Reserve


Illegal logging in Borneo


Peatlands destruction in Riau [riau_1085]



Deforestation in Riau [riau_1190]



Peatlands destruction in Riau [riau_5347]


Degraded peatland in Borneo

Aerial view of rainforest that has been slash-and-burned for agriculture (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Aerial view of rainforest that has been slash-and-burned for agriculture



Peat forest being burned for a new oil palm plantation



Deforestation in Riau



Clearing of peat forest and community jungle rubber in Riau



Slash-and-burned forest



Forest clearing for oil palm [riau_0025]



Airplane view of peatland being drained and cleared in Borneo


Canal in the Borneo peatland

Illegal logging in Borneo

Illegal logging in Borneo


Peatlands destruction



Deforestation in Riau [riau_0643]



Deforestation in Riau [riau_1233]



Peatlands destruction in Riau [riau_1070]


Illegal logging in Borneo


Peatlands destruction in Riau [riau_1066]



Deforestation in Riau [riau_1227]



Deforestation in Riau [riau_1275]


Illegal logging in Borneo


Deforestation in Sumatra [riau_1389]



Peatlands destruction in Riau [riau_1063]



Forest clearing for oil palm [riau_0020]



Forest clearing for oil palm [riau_5392]



Peat forest cut down by the Indonesian government



Sunset over a deforested area


Illegal logging in Borneo


Peat forest clearing in Riau



Slash-and-burned forest [aceh_1047]



Deforestation in Sumatra [riau_1372]



Newly planted oil palm plantation [aceh_0875]



Deforestation in Riau [riau_1216]


New oil palm plantation established on peatland outside Palangkaraya


Cleared peatland with rainforest in the background



Sunset over a deforested area [riau_0317]



Forest cleared for palm oil production



Peatlands destruction in Riau [riau_5349]



Deforestation in Riau [riau_1245]



Deforestation in Riau [riau_1186]



Peatlands deforestation for oil palm



Forest clearing for oil palm [riau_0018]



Peat fire in Sumatra



New oil palm development in forest bordering Gunung Leuser National Park



Slash-and-burned forest [aceh_1049]



Deforestation for oil palm development [riau_5460]



Peatlands destruction in Riau [riau_1098]



Sunset over a deforested area [riau_0309]



Peatlands deforestation for oil palm [riau_0088]



Deforestation in Riau [riau_1263]



Deforestation in Riau [riau_1252]



Illegally logged wood


Workers milling timber at an illegal sawmill in Borneo


Peatlands destruction in Riau [riau_1075]



Forest clearing for oil palm



Forest clearing for oil palm [riau_0048]



Newly planted oil palm plantation [aceh_0882]


Stacks of illegally logged timber in Borneo


Peatlands destruction in Riau [riau_1088]


New oil palm plantation established on peatland outside Palangkaraya

Degraded peatland in Borneo


Forest clearing for oil palm [riau_0038]



Deforested peatlands in Borneo


Illegal logs floating in a river, waiting for processing


Deforestation in Riau [riau_1174]



Devastated rainforest landscape in Borneo



Deforestation in the Arfak mountains



Cleared peatland with rainforest in the background [riau_5594]



Peatlands destruction in Riau [riau_1090]



Cleared peatland with rainforest in the background [riau_5584]



Deforestation in Riau [riau_1232]



Peatlands deforestation for oil palm [riau_0093]



Cleared peatland with rainforest in the background [riau_5593]



Destroyed peat forest in Indonesian Borneo



Deforestation in Riau [riau_1182]




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