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State losses from forestry graft could reach 30 trillion: NGOs

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 17 2010   /  09:42 am

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has been slow to investigate corruption in the forestry sector, despite it being declared a priority, say officials from Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW). “The KPK has made tackling graft a priority in four sectors: education, health, mining and forestry. Therefore, we urge them to implement concrete plans rather than just engage in lip service,” Febri Diansyah, a legal researcher from ICW, said Tuesday.ICW, along with the Sawit Watch and the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), released an estimate of potential state losses from illegal logging, which they said had reached Rp 14.13 trillion (US$1.54 billion).“The actual state losses, however, may be as high as Rp 30 trillion. Our simple calculation is based only on official data from the Forestry Ministry, which may not reflect the actual condition,” Febri said.
ICW’s cal...