Forest Crimes, Corruption and Injustice in Indonesia
Forest crimes in Indonesia involve complex relationships between a number of interconnected participants – timber tycoons, military and police officers, corrupt government officials and politicians, the judiciary and international smuggling syndicates.
The structure is akin to a hydra – a many headed serpent. Cut one head off and another appears. Field enforcement merely tackles the most visible elements. Until the problem is tackled at its roots – the untouchable timber barons – the threat to Indonesia’s forests will remain.
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