Many in the community feel a sense of loss, and not just concerning their livelihood. "Countless species of medicinal plants?are also lost because of the land conversion from peat forest to plantation," says?Rudiansyah.?
It's a response common to many villages impacted by the industry. "There is without question an enormous amount of regret for those communities," says Terry Sunderland, a senior scientist with the?Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).