Pictures: Primary forests included, secondary forests excluded in Indonesia’s moratorium

by | 21st May 2011

This week Indonesia officially signed a moratorium on the granting of new logging and plantation permits in primary forests and peatlands. Secondary forests are excluded from the measure.



In recognition of the moratorium, below is a selection of photos from Indonesian rainforests. All photos have been taken by Rhett Butler since 2009.



Strangler fig in North Sulawesi

Strangler fig in North Sulawesi


Giant Dipterocarp in North Sumatra

Giant Dipterocarp in North Sumatra


Rainforest in West Papua (formerly Irian Jaya), in Indonesian New Guinea

Rainforest in West Papua (formerly Irian Jaya), in Indonesian New Guinea


Borneo rainforest

Borneo rainforest


North Sumatra

North Sumatra


Strangler fig in North Sulawesi

Strangler fig in North Sulawesi


Rainforest in West Kalimantan on the island of Borneo

Rainforest in West Kalimantan on the island of Borneo


Rainforest canopy seen from the base of a compass tree, Sumatra

Rainforest canopy seen from the base of a compass tree, Sumatra


Rain forest along the Bohorok River, Sumatra

Rain forest along the Bohorok River, Sumatra


Gunung Leuser rain forest, Sumatra

Gunung Leuser rain forest, Sumatra


Rainforest in West Kalimantan, Borneo

Rainforest in West Kalimantan, Borneo


Rainforest in West Kalimantan, Borneo

Rainforest in West Kalimantan, Borneo


Rainforest in Indonesian Borneo

Rainforest in Indonesian Borneo


Arfak cloud forest

Arfak cloud forest


Rainforest in Indonesian Borneo

Rainforest in Indonesian Borneo


Indonesian Borneo

Indonesian Borneo


North Sulawesi

North Sulawesi


West Kalimantan, Borneo

West Kalimantan, Borneo


West Kalimantan, Borneo

West Kalimantan, Borneo


West Kalimantan, Borneo

West Kalimantan, Borneo


Indonesian Borneo

Indonesian Borneo


Indonesian Borneo

Indonesian Borneo


Sumatra rain forest

Sumatra rain forest


River valley in the Arfak mountains, West Papua

River valley in the Arfak mountains, West Papua


West Kalimantan, Borneo

West Kalimantan, Borneo


Indonesian Borneo

Indonesian Borneo


Wild Geranium in Indonesian Borneo

Wild Geranium in Indonesian Borneo


Cloud forest in New Guinea

Cloud forest in New Guinea


Rainforest creek in Taman Hutan Raya, South Kalimantan, Borneo

Rainforest creek in Taman Hutan Raya, South Kalimantan, Borneo


Tangkoko, North Sulawesi

Tangkoko, North Sulawesi


Rainforest in West Kalimantan

Rainforest in West Kalimantan


Rainforest in Indonesian Borneo

Rainforest in Indonesian Borneo


Triangular buttress roots in Indonesian Borneo

Triangular buttress roots in Indonesian Borneo


Giant rain forest tree with a warning on the trunk, West Kalimantan

Giant rain forest tree with a warning on the trunk, West Kalimantan


Note: Nearly all the forests pictured above can be classified as “secondary forests” and therefore subject to logging under the moratorium










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