JAKARTA: Indonesia has suffered Rp 71 trillion ( US$8.02 billion ) in losses from deforestation, according to an NGO.
According to a recently released research report from the Indonesia Corruption Watch ( ICW ), 5.4 million hectares were deforested in Indonesia between 2005 and 2009, which was equal to a Rp 71.28 trillion financial loss.
“It includes Rp 64.8 trillion in forest resources and Rp 6.48 trillion in forest resource provisions, as well as losses caused by undelivered reforestation funds,” said the ICW on Tuesday as quoted by Antara.
The ICW said that the Human Rights Watch ( HRW ) released a research report in 2009 that said that corruption and racketeering in the forestry sector in Indonesia had caused an estimated loss of Rp 20 trillion a year to the government.
The ICW said that according to the Corruption Eradication Commission ( KPK ), there were 17 systemic problems on arrangement and monitoring in the Indonesian forestry sector.— JP