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Indonesia’s legal system is failing to act against timber criminals, seriously undermining the country’s top-level efforts to tackle illegal logging and deforestation.

New research by Kaoem Telapak and our partner EIA reveal that action through the courts was taken against only a handful of companies out of more than 50 proven to have either traded directly or indirectly in illegal timber......
This report found forest and peatland have been converted and burnt from 2016-18 to make way for oil palm plantations in Tangkiling and Marang, Bukit Batu sub-district in Palangkaraya municipality, one of the management units of Sebangau National Park. It further found illegal logging inside the park, with the timber allegedly used to supply local timber industries in Central Kalimantan.

Satellite image analysis shows 19,000 hectares in Sebangau National Park were burnt in 2015, the same location where more than half of the hotspots in all national parks in Indonesia in the same year were found. The cause is believed to.....
This report reveals how a palm oil plantation established and developed illegally in 2013 and 2014 has since continued to clear forests illegally with impunity.

Worse, the timber it has illegally cut is certified legal under Indonesia’s flagship Timber Legality Assurance System.

This is despite repeated reports being filed to Government, enforcement officials and certification company staff over a two-year period by ourselves and JPIK......

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