A Backwards Step – How Demand for Merbau Timber is Undermining Indonesia’s Anti-Illegal Logging Policies

Jakarta/London, 28 August 2008. Recent developments weakening the control of Indonesia’s merbau exports and trade are driving illegal logging and timber smuggling and undermining coherent existing polices designed to secure sustainable forest management. Read more

Regulasi Perdagangan Kayu Indonesia Menyuburkan Penyelundupan Kayu Merbau ke Luar Negeri

Jakarta, 28 Agustus 2008. Kebijakan baru yang dikeluarkan Menteri Perdagangan atas ekspor kayu gergajian telah melemahkan kontrol terhadap ekspor kayu merbau, dan mengancam berhasilnya upaya-upaya penanganan pembalakan liar menuju pengelolaan hutan lestari, demikian dinyatakan Telapak dan EIA melalui laporan singkat yang diluncurkan hari ini. Read more

A Backwards Step

How Demand for Merbau Timber is Undermining Indonesia’s Anti-Illegal Logging Policies

A briefing on how timber smuggling scams are undermining Indonesia’s anti-illegal logging policies. SMUGGLERS of the luxurious hardwood merbau are finding new scams to circumnavigate Indonesia’s export ban on sawn timber, investigations by EIA and Telapak have revealed.

Timber dealers have claimed the wood is for projects such as housing in Mongolia and even earthquake relief in China to obtain special Government dispensation to ship the timber.

EIA/Telapak is now calling for an immediate halt to these export ‘dispensations’, an investigation into several companies’ activities and measures to be taken to stop the undermining of the country’s anti-illegal logging policies.

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REDD, Redemption or Real Action?

BOGOR, West Java (JP): REDD is the latest acronym in climate change town. It stands for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and is also now the hottest show leading up to the next UN climate meeting. Read more