Indonesia is one of the countries with the most diverse habitat in the world, but also has one of the highest rates of deforestation. Oil palm plantations and other development is diminishing areas for animals such as the pygmy elephant, orangutan, and Sumatran tiger.
A group of Islamic leaders is looking to change that, asserting that the Koran outlines the responsibility for conservation. The leaders believe religion has the potential to spark wide public interest in environmental awareness.
Called FORDALING (the Islamic Leader Forum for Environmental Care), the group believes the Koran directly addresses the need for protecting the natural world. They explain this in their newly released book Ayat-Ayat Konservasi (Islamic Verses for Conservation). Through this book and other projects, these religious leaders have set out to show Indonesian Muslims why conservation should be important to them and the world.