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

Rubber

Decarbonization

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

News

18/Dec/2023
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
07/Dec/2023
Wasted: How Japan’s Biomass Push in South Asia Lays Waste to Forests, Undermines Climate Progress and Drowns Recipients in Debt
11/Apr/2023
NGO Joint Statement: Co-firing of Biomass in Coal Plants or Conversion of Coal Power Plants to Dedicated Biomass Power Plants is Greenwashing
22/Jun/2022
VICTORY: Mighty Earth Statement on the Cancellation of Japanese Coal Plant at Matarbari, Bangladesh
02/Mar/2022
Victory! Sumitomo Corporation Withdraws from Matarbari 2 Coal Plant Project
30/Jan/2022
Sumitomo Faces Shareholder Revolt Over Empty Climate Action Rhetoric
24/Nov/2021
JICA faces US Securities complaint over allegations of ‘misleading’ investors on coal
03/Nov/2021
Climate advocates praise Japan for joining breakthrough steel plan
22/Oct/2021
Korean and Japanese civic groups urge President Moon and Prime Minister Kishida to end support for biomass