Indonesia: Condemns Illegal Logging
Below is an article written by Achmad Sukarsono published by Reuters AlertNet:
Environmentalists say illegal logging in
"I want to appeal to the citizens of the whole world to look for the stamp of approval," Environment Minister Rachmat Witoelar said, adding there were systems in place to distinguish stolen wood from legitimate products.
A report last month by the Environmental Investigation Agency and Indonesia-based Telapak said that
Witoelar, who said that furniture using illegally cut timber from the Indonesian region of Papua was being sold in shopping malls as far away as
He was speaking at a news conference with Australian Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who was in
Programmes for the fund are still under discussion but may include reforestation as well as satellite-monitoring of the illegal logging problem.
"Crudely, how much can they pay for our (forest) protection. The entire world should protect this together," Witoelar said.
Turnbull said forestry should top the agenda at that meeting.
"We must give the world a breathing space. We do that by breathing life to the lungs of the earth," he said, adding that many signatories of the Kyoto Protocol would not meet their targets of reducing greenhouse gas emissions while Australia "will meet our Kyoto target" without ratifying the document.
"Forestry has been largely overlooked by the