In the swampy peatlands of Basilam Baru in Sumatra's Riau Province a conflict between a community and a woodpulp company is illustrating some of the intractable challenges of conserving forests and addressing deforestation in Indonesia.
On first glance the story seems depressingly familiar. One actor wants to preserve the forest, which serves as critical habitat for endangered Sumatran tigers and clouded leopards. The other wants to clear it for a plantation. But in this case, the roles are reversed: the forestry company is pushing to protect the forest under Asia Pulp & Paper's new forest conservation policy, while the local community aims to chop it down to plant rubber trees. http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0320-deforestation-app-vs-caliph.html