29 Dec '14, 4am

Palm oil facilitates large-scale illegal logging in Indonesia

New oil palm plantation established on peatland outside Palangkaraya in Indonesia's Central Kalimantan Province on the island of Borneo. Photos by Rhett A. Butler Development of oil palm plantations is providing cover for large-scale illegal logging in Indonesian Borneo, driving destruction of some of the island's most biodiverse forests and undermining efforts to reform the country's forestry sector, alleges a new report published by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). The report, titled Permitting Crime: How palm oil expansion drives illegal logging in Indonesia , includes several case studies showing links between illegal practices and local officials, illustrating continued problems with corruption and resource capture by well-connected businessmen. Forests and local communities lose out. The report says that oil palm plantations provide a major loophole for ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1216-palm-oil-logging-indon...

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