Bustar Maitar

Bustar Maitar

Global Head, Indonesia Forest Campaign, Greenpeace International

Bustar grew up in Jayapura, the capital of Indonesia’s Papua Province on the island of New Guinea. He graduated from the Faculty of Forestry of Papua University. For over 15 years he has been campaigning for social justice and environmental protection in Indonesia, working with communities on natural resources management. In 1999 Bustar founded an NGO called PERDU in Manokwari, West Papua. The NGO aims to empower indigenous peoples’ communities to both utilize and protect their natural resources. In 2005 he was recruited for Greenpeace’s new office in Indonesia. As a forest solutions campaigner, he worked closely with Papua’s indigenous people on community forest management.

Bustar now leads the global Greenpeace team working on protecting Indonesia’s forests. For the last five years he has lead the team, which has transformed global commodity markets, shifting corporations such as Nestle, Unilever, and Mattel, to include a no deforestation footprint in their supply chain. This also has included pushing key major industry players, such as Golden Agri Resources in 2011, Asia Pulp Paper in 2013, Wilmar International in 2013 and recently Procter and gamble (P&G), to commit to forest protection. On the political front, he successfully led the organization’s efforts to work with the Indonesian government and industry to implement the 2011 moratorium on deforestation.

In June 2012, together with Greenpeace International Executive Director, Kumi Naido, Bustar led the Greenpeace delegation meeting the President of Indonesia to extended our support for his sustainable development agenda.