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A report on how the rampant smuggling of illegal timber from Indonesia to China is a billion dollar trade threatening the last remaining intact tropical forests in the Asia-Pacific region.

Asia has already lost 95 per cent of its frontier forests and most of what remains is confined to the Indonesian archipelago – and the province of Papua in Indonesia is home to the largest tract.

One timber species – merbau, a luxurious dark hardwood – is the main target of the illegal loggers in Papua and every month enough stolen merbau is shipped out to produce flooring worth in excess of.....
A report on the role of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in curbing illegal timber trade and protecting endangered tree species.

Despite the success of its current CITES listing, endangered ramin remains under threat, with the remnants of Malaysia’s ramin forests exploited unsustainably.

Although ramin is banned from cutting and export in Indonesia – the only other significant range state – stolen wood continues to be laundered through neighbouring Malaysia in quantities exceeding the global annual legal supply......
A report on how hundreds of millions of dollars worth of illegal Indonesian timber, including the particularly vulnerable species ramin, are estimated to be entering neighbouring Malaysia each year, providing cheap raw materials to a voracious wood industry.

Since 2001, Telapak and its partner have repeatedly exposed how, despite being a signatory to CITES, Malaysia is wilfully failing to uphold its international commitments, allowing stolen illegal Indonesian ramin to be traded through the country with impunity.

As a result, products including baby furniture and pool cues made from illegal wood are reaching the homes of unsuspecting consumers in the EU, USA and.....
A report into how corruption on the part of Indonesian police and government officials is to blame for continued illegal logging in Indonesia’s national parks.

We urge Indonesian President Megawati Soekarnoputri to personally ensure that her Government acts against timber barons such as Peoples’ Consultative Assembly member Abdul Rasyid, whose company stands accused of being behind the destruction of Tanjung Puting National Park, transporting illegal logs, bribery, kidnap and violence.

Without such figures being prosecuted and jailed for their crimes, there is no hope or reason for underpaid officials to refuse a bribe......
A report into illegal logging in Indonesia and South-East Asia, and the international consumption of illegally sourced timber.

For the past two decades, the international community has been aware of rampant logging of tropical forests and vanishing biodiversity.

Yet even if you could track an illegally cut tree to a port in a timber consuming country, and supply conclusive evidence that it was illegally cut, none of them have legislation in place that would allow their enforcement authorities to seize the shipment......
Instead of gaining investments and improving its economy, Indonesia has planted a disaster through oil plam plantations. The fact is that the policy to get rid of obstacles on export and investment, which is encouraged by the IMF, has made Indonesian forests fall into a deeper crisis. The crisis resulting from economic and political crisis is due to the mismanagement during the last tree decades.

Large-scale oil palm plantation have been considered as a panacea for Indonesian economy after the prolonged crisis. Supported by the IMF and Word bank, the government planned to establish large-scale palm oil plantation throughout Indonesia. The.....
In the remote and supposedly protected park in Kalimantan, we found previously pristine rainforest in a state of violent chaos, effectively under siege from logging gangs targeting valuable ramin trees – despite the fact that it was vital habitat for endangered orangutans.

We pieced together the evidence on the ground to discover who was behind the huge theft and found it pointed to illegal logging kingpin Abdul Rasyid and his company Tanjung Lingga......

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