The matter is urgent. Natural forests in Riau are being cleared faster than at any time in history. In 1990, 63% of Riau's mainland was covered by natural forests. In July 2004, 36% remained. Forest fires, forest conversion, and logging are causing severe damage to critical ecosystems. Often the activities are illegal, and they can sometimes violate the rights of local communities.
Through its on-the-ground investigative work, Eyes on the Forest operates as a clearinghouse for information on forest conservation in Riau, Sumatra, and Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). The coalition is also a service for local, national, and international NGOs, companies, governments and any other stakeholder willing to take action to conserve forests and protect the rights of the local people who rely on them.
Eyes on the Forest was founded in 2004 by 3 environmental organizations in Riau, Sumatra: WWF-Indonesia Central Sumatra Programme, Jikalahari ("Riau Forest Rescue Network") and Walhi Riau (Friends of the Earth Indonesia). Its network members include: