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Deforestation, Forest Degradation, Biodiversity Loss and CO2 Emissions in Riau, Sumatra, Indonesia

This report looks at one Indonesian province’s forest and peat soil carbon loss over 25 years (1982 to 2007). The province is Riau, home to the endangered Sumatran tiger and elephant . The report documents the deforesation and degradationof natural forests, which is driven by the production of pulp wood and palm oil, and shows how this activity has caused the decomposition and burning of carbon-rich soil in Riau. The report also modeals two scenarios for deforestation until the year 2015.