Dive Damai is the first of Indonesia’s liveaboard community to make and implement an environmental policy regarding the use of Palm Oil and its derivative products. As a company that prides itself on offering our guests the very best in marine tourism, it is our duty to do everything we can to help preserve the beauty and diversity of Indonesia.
There has been a lot of worldwide press coverage in 2015 regarding the forest fires throughout Indonesia, many of which are linked to land clearance by the Palm Oil industry, and the often horrific images of the wildlife that has been displaced and killed have gone viral across various social networking websites.
Among the media hype the indisputable truths are as follows:
• Most of the world’s palm oil comes from plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia;
• The Guinness Book of World Records cites Indonesia as the country with the fastest rate of deforestation in the world;
• Sumatra has lost more than 70 per cent of its forest cover;
• The United Nations Environment Programme estimates that by 2020 98% of the Indonesian and Malaysian rainforest will be gone;
• The palm-oil industry is largely responsible: it has destroyed over 10 million hectares of rainforest to create oil-palm plantations in Sumatra and Kalimantan alone;
• The forest that the oil-palm industry targets is the only remaining habitat of the orang-utan. With the habitat shrinking, orang-utan populations are declining fast;
• Oil-palm plantations are often forcibly and sometimes illegally established on land traditionally owned by indigenous people;
• Plantation workers work for low wages and live in horrific conditions, so rather than generating jobs, the palm oil industry actually traps people in poverty;
• Palm oil companies set forest fires to clear land, releasing huge quantities of carbon into the atmosphere;
• They also clear, drain and burn peat-land, generating huge amounts of CO2 and contributing to Indonesia’s unwanted status as the world’s third largest CO2 polluter, behind the US and China.
Our response to these threats has been to take a long look at how we do business and what products we stock onboard. We are proud of the fact that we have sourced non-palm oil products for the majority of our kitchen, restaurant and housekeeping needs and feel that we have found solutions that in most cases offer our guests an equal or better service and range than they have experienced before. In a very few cases we have simply made the decision to not offer certain products and we feel that these very small sacrifices will be supported by our guests, if indeed they even notice them.
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