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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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Forest clearing in Riau



Peatlands destruction in Riau [riau_1066]



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


Illegal logging in Borneo


Forest clearing for oil palm [riau_5392]


Stacks of illegally logged timber in Borneo


Deforestation in Sumatra [riau_1389]



Drained and deforestated peatland



Sunset over a deforested area [riau_0315]



Forest clearing for oil palm



Peat fire in Sumatra



Deforestation in Riau [riau_0643]



Deforestation in Riau [riau_1227]


Illegal logging operation in Borneo


Forest clearing for oil palm [riau_0020]



Peatlands destruction in Riau [riau_1076]



Peatlands destruction in Riau [riau_1098]



Illegally logged wood


Canal draining the peat forest

Canal in the Borneo peatland


Peat fire in Sumatra [riau_1424]


Canal in the Borneo peat forest


Deforestation for oil palm development


Slash-and-burn agriculture in Borneo


Deforestation in Riau



Cleared peatland with rainforest in the background [riau_5583]


Cleared and burned peatland in Borneo

Illegal logging in Borneo


Peatlands destruction [riau_5489]



Peatlands destruction in Riau



Forest clearing for oil palm [riau_0038]



Peatlands deforestation for oil palm


Burned forest in a peat swamp


Peatlands destruction in Riau [riau_1088]



Peatlands deforestation for oil palm [riau_0093]


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.



Sunset over a deforested area [riau_0309]


Illegal logging in Borneo

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


Sunset over a deforested area



Deforested peatlands in Borneo



Peatlands destruction in Riau [riau_1070]


Illegal logging in Borneo


Clearing of peat forest and community jungle rubber in Riau



Deforestation in Riau [riau_1190]



Forest clearing for oil palm [riau_0018]



Deforestation in Riau [riau_1216]



Cleared peatland with rainforest in the background [riau_5594]



Peatlands destruction in Riau [riau_5347]



Cleared peatland with rainforest in the background [riau_5584]



Chopped down rainforest tree



Deforestation in Riau [riau_1186]



Forest cleared for palm oil production


Canal in the Borneo peatland


Airplane view of peatland being drained and cleared in Borneo



Peatlands destruction in Riau [riau_1075]



Peatlands destruction in Riau [riau_5349]


Degraded peatland in Borneo


Deforestation in Riau [riau_1263]


New oil palm plantation established on peatland outside Palangkaraya


Deforestation for oil palm development [riau_5460]



Forest clearing for oil palm [riau_0044]



Deforestation in Sumatra [riau_1366]


Illegal logs floating in a river, waiting for processing

Illegal logging in Borneo

Illegal logging in Borneo

Illegal logging operation in Borneo

Illegal logs floating in a river, waiting for processing

New oil palm plantation established on peatland outside Palangkaraya


Sunset over a deforested area [riau_0325]


Slash-and-burn agriculture in Borneo


Deforestation in Riau [riau_1252]



Deforestation in Riau [riau_1245]



Aerial vew of burning peatlands and forest in Indonesian Borneo


Slash-and-burn agriculture in Borneo


Forest clearing for oil palm [riau_0029]



Sunset over a deforested area [riau_0317]



New oil palm development in forest bordering Gunung Leuser National Park



Peatlands destruction in Riau [riau_1063]



Peat forest being burned for a new oil palm plantation



Deforestation in Sumatra [riau_1393]



Deforestation in Riau [riau_1275]


Canal in the Borneo peat forest


Forest clearing for oil palm [riau_0048]


Illegal logging in Borneo


Cleared peatland with rainforest in the background



Peat fire in Riau



Forest clearing for oil palm [riau_0035]



Deforestation in Riau [riau_1233]



Deforestation in Riau [riau_1232]



Deforestation in Riau [riau_1177]



Encroachment into GSK Biosphere Reserve



Devastated rainforest landscape in Borneo



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


Illegal logging in Borneo

Workers milling timber at an illegal sawmill in Borneo

Illegal logging operation in Borneo

Illegal logging in Borneo


Peat forest cleared for acacia


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



Deforestation in Sumatra [riau_1390]



Peatlands destruction in Riau [riau_1085]


New oil palm plantation established on peatland outside Palangkaraya


Peatlands destruction


Degraded peatland in Borneo


Forest clearing for oil palm [riau_0025]



Peatlands deforestation for oil palm [riau_0088]



Peat forest cut down by the Indonesian government



Deforestation in Sumatra



Deforestation in the Arfak mountains



Deforestation in Riau [riau_1174]



Peatlands destruction in Riau [riau_1090]



Peat forest clearing in Riau



Deforestation in Sumatra [riau_1372]


Deforested landscape on the boundary of Tanjung Puting National Park (Kalimantan, Borneo (Indonesian Borneo))
Deforested landscape on the boundary of Tanjung Puting National Park. Peat swamp forest once grew here but the land was drained via canal, then the forest cut and burned for short-term rice farming. After a couple years, the land-clearers moved on to another patch of forest and repeat the process.



Deforestation for plantations in Riau



Rainforest burned for oil palm in Riau [riau_5310]



Oil palm plantation adjacent to Gunung Leuser National Park


Logging


Peat lands deforestation




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