Founded in 1984, we first began working to protect forests in the mid-1990s, through advocating a global forests convention. By the late 1990s it became clear a more direct approach was needed to curb tropical deforestation, we changed tack and began documenting illegal logging in a vital Indonesia orangutan habitat
The last time I saw Hapsoro was when we met in the Forest Watch office in Bogor and talked of plans for the future. Since then, and right up until the day he died, plans were being made. When I opened my emails on that terrible day there was a message from him, excited and confirming the next steps for our plans
Every two seconds, across the world, an area the size of a football field is clear cut by illegal loggers.” This was the opening statement of a new report launched last week in Washington DC by the World Bank. 'Justice for Forests: Improving criminal justice efforts to combat illegal logging'