Fighting for ecological justice

The Last Frontier; Illegal Logging in Papua and China’s Massive Timber Theft

Asia has already lost 95 per cent of its frontier forests. Most of what remains is confined to the Indonesian archipelago – and the province of Papua in Indonesia is home to the largest tract. This report exposes how these last precious forests are being illegally felled and sold off wholesale to China, which is now the largest consumer of stolen timber in the world.

One timber species – merbau, a luxurious dark hardwood – is the main target of the illegal loggers in Papua. In undercover meetings with illegal loggers, traders and timber buyers, EIA/Telapak have exposed the shocking scale of the billion-dollar merbau trade, and laid bare the details.

The report exposes for the first time the complex web of middlemen and financiers from across the region responsible for masterminding the theft of Indonesia’s forests. From the millionaire timber barons in Jakarta and the officials on their payrolls, the story traces the role of multinational companies in Malaysia, brokers in Singapore and log dealers in Hong Kong.

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