Indonesia is home to 10 per cent of the world’s surviving tropical forest. In Kalimantan Province on the island of Borneo, illegal felling – even in the protected areas – is out of control, threatening the environment and the habitat of endangered species. Almost three-quarters of Indonesia’s timber trade is reported to be illegal, but the problem is not confined to South-East Asia. It is estimated that 80 per cent of the tropical hardwood in the worldwide trade comes from illegal sources in Indonesia and elsewhere in Asia, South America and Africa. This film uncovers the brutal trade in stolen timber from Indonesia that’s ending up in Europe, USA, China, Australia and Japan. It also reveals that the post-Suharto government in Jakarta is unable to control hundreds of timber barons, who terrorise not only environmental campaigners and journalists but also the police and government ministers.. The film provides shocking evidence of the lengths to which the “timber mafia” will go to silence the few campaigners and journalists brave enough to speak out.
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