Indonesia is home to a wealth of species, and a vast rainforest that is rapidly disappearing through the untrammeled sale of land to internal and external forces intent on becoming the largest producers of palm oil in the world. The land grabbers are mostly Indonesian but they sell their product to companies around the world at the expense of the indigenous population. Philip Jacobson covers Indonesia for the environmental news organization Mongabay, which as part of a journalistic collaboration with The Gecko Project has produced a remarkable series of articles and short films showing what happens when profit trumps people. His team has created a compelling narrative that is a template for similar stories throughout the developing world.
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