Forest Governance: the Lack of Law and Policy Enforcement

Forest Watch Indonesia | 2013. The case of forests destruction in Indonesia are still ongoing. Clearing of natural forests through illegal activities in May 2013 in Sorong and Raja Ampat, West Papua Province uncovered. A case involving the member of police officer, Aiptu Labora Sitorus is just one of the hundreds of cases that demonstrate lack of oversight and enforcement in this country.(1) Currently the case of bintara police fat account owner up to Rp 1.5 trillion, is handled by the Jayapura District Court. Many people doubt the case can be resolved with appropriate penalties, and a growing perception in the community. when a case happened to members of the police investigation will not be completed.(2)

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On the other hand, the Ministry of Forestry through TLAS (Timber Legality Verification System) policy are working on wood traceability system to ensure that the wood supply derived from legal sources in Indonesia. Labora Sitorus cases with evidence of thousands of cubic Merbau timber from Papua who were seized by police at the Port of Tanjung Perak Tanjung Perak Surabaya, should be a momentum for the implementation of the Ministry of Forestry to test TLAS in the field. …

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