01 Jan '14, 9am

Indonesia struggles to clean up corrupt forestry sector

Indonesia struggles to clean up corrupt forestry sector

BERAU, Indonesia: Deep in the forests of Borneo island, workmen from an Indonesian timber company fell a tree with a chainsaw, stick a red tag with a serial number onto it and attach a corresponding stub to the stump. This is all part of an arduous auditing process, one of many government attempts to clamp down on illegal logging and clean up one of the country's most corrupt and mismanaged sectors as Western countries demand proof their timber imports are legal. Following an agreement signed with the European Union in September, Jakarta is rolling out a system under which companies holding government-issued permits are given a certificate to prove their wood is harvested within the law. Indonesia, Asia's leading exporter of timber to the EU, is hoping the pact will help it double timber exports to Europe to the tune of $2 billion a year. But critics say logging permits co...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/lifestyle/indonesia-s...

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