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Jakarta Post

Lack of transparency hinders fight against logging mafia

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 20 2010   /  09:10 am

A lack of public data on illegal logging cases could prove to be the undoing of the government’s plans to root out illegal logging syndicates in the country, activists said.Activists from the Natural Resources Law Institute (IHSA), which recently published its annual report on illegal logging cases in Indonesia, said organized crime syndicates that masterminded illegal logging were difficult to trace.“In our experience, the most difficult task is to get data on illegal logging cases. Officials seem reluctant to release it to the public,” said Fadli Moh. Noch, an IHSA researcher dealing with illegal logging in East Kalimantan, on Monday.“Until now, it remains unclear which institution manages the data on illegal logging cases.”The IHSA said it had obtained data on illegal logging cases from at four institutions, the police, the regional forestry office, the provincial prosecutor...