Student Project | Post-Oil Palm Age The Rebirth of Indonesia Peatland | Yandong Hua & Fan Li & Xuan Liu

Indonesia is the world’s largest store of peat, covering 82% of its land area, and is also the largest producer of oil palm products. To reap more profits, some oil palm producers forcibly occupy land belonging to the people with little or no compensation resulting in hardship for the local population. With the state encouraging oil palm cultivation, a large number of peatlands have been burned and destroyed to develop oil palm plantations, releasing large amounts of carbon and associated harmful gases. As the water from the peatland plantations is drained, the underground peat is highly susceptible to insidious combustion.

The project focuses on Kubu, a

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