Asia Pacific holds beautiful forests and diverse species, making the region a hotspot for transformation as it lies at the center of the biodiversity crisis. Mighty Earth is stopping deforestation while working to decarbonize the hardest-to-abate sectors like steel and aluminum. Our work on forests and biodiversity spans across Mekong, East Asia, and Southeast Asia.

Southeast Asia’s forests are home to abundance of plants and animals, hosting four of the world’s 25 biodiversity hotspots. But the region has also been a major global deforestation front. Palm oil and the pulp and paper industries have driven deforestation, particularly in Indonesia. Millions of hectares of forests were cut down and replaced with palm oil monocultures. The pulp and paper industry destroyed a further million hectares or more. Southeast Asia also produces the vast majority of the world’s rubber, and increasing demand for rubber means even more deforestation in the region. It is time for industry to heal the damage and work toward restoration and conservation.

  • 2/3

    of world’s ultra carbon rich tropical peat swamps are in Southeast Asia

  • 8.7 gigatons

    of carbon dioxide to be released by previously cleared peatlands over a century

  • 42%

    of species could be lost in the Southeast Asia subregion by 2100

Explore Our Work

Palm Oil



Asia Risks Lagging Behind

The world needs the steel and aluminum sectors to decarbonize if we have any chance of meeting the IPCC’s 1.5 degree target.

Steel Industry

Transforming Agriculture

Campaigning Against Rogue Actors

While commodity-driven deforestation has declined significantly, not everyone has gotten the message.

Korindo Expulsion


Rising palm oil deforestation highlights environmental stakes of Indonesia election
FSC accepts complaint from Mighty Earth against “Last of the Big Deforesters” over massive rainforest clearing in Indonesia
Mighty Earth Responds to Nippon Steel’s $14.9 Billion Acquisition of U.S. Steel
Wasted: How Japan’s Biomass Push in South Asia Lays Waste to Forests, Undermines Climate Progress and Drowns Recipients in Debt
Wasted: How Japan’s Biomass Push in South Asia Lays Waste to Forests, Undermines Climate Progress and Drowns Recipients in Debt
Mighty Earth at COP28
U.S. – Indonesia CMA
Press Release: U.S. – Indonesia CMA
U.S. – Indonesia CMA
CSOs Urge Biden to Include Social and Environmental Safeguards in Potential Critical Minerals Agreement with Indonesia
Open letter : Leading scientists, international NGOs and Scottish environmental groups urge ministers to act to save world’s rarest great ape
Letter to Tempo on saving the Tapanuli orangutan, the world’s rarest great ape.
Hak Jawab untuk Tempo tentang penyelamatan orangutan Tapanuli, kera besar paling langka di dunia.