Thursday, 19 August 2010

SORPATOM Statement on MIFEE - August 2010

This month, despite numerous reports of journalists receiving death threats for reporting on environmental problems in Indonesia, and the suspicious death of a journalist in Merauke, campaigners in Merauke, Papua province have been brave enough to publicly reject MIFEE. The statement below was issued by SORPATOM this month. While some of the data seems to be wrong, and some of the political analysis is difficult to qualify, the wider concerns raised are legitimate. 

For more information on SORPATOM, visit their website:  Here is the Statement.

Friday, 13 August 2010

Tales Timber Traders Tell about Papua's Log Controls

The traders who admit (in EIA and Telapak's latest film and report, "Rogue Traders") smuggling large volumes of merbau wood out of Papua and Indonesia give some valuable insight into the realities of the timber trade in Papua. Three major lessons include:
  • Papua province's log shipment controls are not being implemented;
  • Criminal traders bribe the military to act as security when buying logs to be shipped out of Papua;
  • Forestry, customs and other officials in Makassar, including members of the security apparatus must be systematically bribed with $15,000 for each barge of logs arriving from Papua province.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Tifa TV

A film by Tifa TV: Bencana dan Harapan (Disaster and Hope) about exploitation of forests and local people by the logging company PT Wana Irian Perkasa, is available at this link