Deforestation is responsible for approximately 17% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and is therefore a major contributor to climate change, but also to the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services and a direct threat to Asia’s great ape – the orangutan. Between 2005–2010, Indonesia had accelerating forest loss compared to 2000–2005 and is within the highest five countries for percentage of primary forest loss globally.
Much of the deforestation is caused by both illegal and short-term economic gains, often undermining long-term development goals. The Orangutan Report quantifies the economic trade-offs between unsustainable and sustainable forms of land use, and considers the role of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) and broader Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes in achieving balanced conservation and development objectives.
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