Indonesia’s Corruption Legacy Clouds a Forest Protection Plan

Norway and other nations have vowed to invest billions of dollars to help preserve Indonesia's remaining tropical forests. But can foreign involvement stem the tide of graft and uncontrolled logging that has steadily decimated one of the world's largest areas of rainforest?

by rhett butler

Flying over the Indonesian half of the island of New Guinea, rainforest stretches like a sea of green, broken only by rugged mountain ranges and winding rivers. The verdant canopy shows little sign of human influence. But as you near Jayapura, the provincial capital of Papua, the tree cover becomes patchier — a sign of logging — and red scars from mining appear before giving way to the monotonous dark green of oil palm plantations and, finally, grasslands and urban areas.

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Fuente:  Environment 360.  27 de Diciembre de 2010.  Ver fuente: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/indonesias_corruption_legacy_clouds_a_forest_protection_plan/2353/
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