World Rainforest Movement

Toxic river: the fight to reclaim water from oil palm plantations in Indonesia

The booming demand for palm oil has come at the high price of rainforest destruction, labour exploitation, and brutal land and water grabbing. Communities living in and around oil palm plantations in Indonesia and elsewhere are deeply concerned about their freshwater sources. But this long-term impact on freshwater streams around oil palm plantations seems to have been overlooked until now. The reality is that along the destruction of these plantations, is also the serious problem of water grabbing. Read further in the report from ECOTON, GEMAWAN, GRAIN and KRUHA here.