05 May 2010:
Illegal Logging in Indonesia
Undermines Sustainable Market, Report Says
Rampant illegal logging in Indonesia is undermining the sustainability and strength of the forest products industry in Indonesia and the United States and thwarting efforts to preserve forests to slow
global warming, according to a new report
. The report by the BlueGreen Alliance and several U.S. environmental and labor organizations said that 40 to 55 percent of Indonesia's timber is harvested illegally, often from protected areas. Widespread illegal logging in Indonesia and elsewhere has depressed timber prices worldwide, costing the logging, wood, paper and cabinetry industries more than $1 billion in the U.S. alone, the report said. Illegal logging also is undercutting the production of sustainably produced timber. “Under current conditions, there is no level playing field,” the report says. The authors also cite an Indonesian report estimating that logging accounts for 80 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, making Indonesia the world’s third-largest emitter of CO2. The report says stricter enforcement of logging regulations and increased transparency are critical to stemming illegal logging in Indonesia.
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