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Probe into timber-smuggling cop’s US$1m ‘gifts’ to police

LONDON: The London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) today welcomed a legal probe by Indonesia’s national anti-corruption agency into million-dollar payments by a rogue cop-turned-timber smuggler to local, regional and national police officials. The announcement follows revelations that mid-ranking Papua police officer Labora Sitorus transferred about US$1 million (10 billion Indonesian rupiah) in multiple payments to […]

Exposing forest ‘untouchables’ is as important as ever

It’s a long weekend here in the UK and many people will be taking this time to sit back and recharge their batteries. A lot of you may even be going to, or watching, a football match – if that’s your plan, just think about this for a moment: “Every two seconds, across the world, […]

Caught REDD-handed!

Logging the Moratorium Zone in Indonesia’s REDD+ Pilot Province Yesterday, EIA and Telapak released a new briefing paper – Caught REDD Handed- exposing illegal deforestation in Indonesia. In summary, the briefing exposed how, on the very day Indonesia’s president signed a new moratorium on forest exploitation in areas of peatland and primary forest across Indonesia, […]

EIA’s newest recruit reflects on the state of Indonesian forests ahead of World Environment Day

As the plane dipped to one side, the window revealed a sea of deep green below. Thousands of trees packed together like tiny cotton balls, their canopies forming a roof over one of nature’s greatest shows. Beneath, a beguiling cast of orang utans and gibbons, birds and insects. Just a few decades ago this majestic […]

‘Rogue traders’ in timber smuggling exposed

Environment groups name two kingpins in illegal international trade   THE Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and Telapak today (August 5, 2010) name two of the kingpins in Indonesia profiteering from the hugely lucrative international trade in stolen timber. In the new report Rogue Traders: The Murky Business of Merbau Timber Smuggling in Indonesia, London-based EIA […]

Jago Wadley highlights some good news for Indonesia’s forests (with caveats, of course …)

Promising Signs of Hope for Papua’s Forests

Recent news from Indonesia on revisions made to the Papua Provincial Spatial Plan, made public this month, gives rise to significant hopes that large areas of Papua’s forests may be saved from conversion to plantations and agricultural estates, at least in the short-to-medium term.

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