Election cycle linked to deforestation rate in Indonesia
Election cycle linked to deforestation rate in Indonesia mongabay.com April 14, 2011 Study confirms links between deforestation and local elections in Indonesia. Politicians in forest districts appear to often rely on funding from loggers, plantation developers, and miners to fund their campaigns. Increased fragmentation of political jurisdictions and the election cycle contribute to Indonesia's high deforestation rate according to analysis published by researchers at the London School of Economics (LSE), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and South Dakota State University (SDSU). The research confirms the observation that Indonesian politicians in forest-rich districts seem repay their election debts by granting forest concessions. Comparing changes in forest cover in different 'forest zones' with the proliferation of new administrative regions across Indone...