The Politics of Deforestation in Indonesia

The Politics of Deforestation in Indonesia by Peter Dauvergne.

T ROPICAL FORESTS ARE DISAPPEARING IN THE THIRD WORLD at a rate of almost 17 million hectares per year.’ In the Ivory Coast, forest cover has decreased by 75 percent since 1960, in Ghana, 80 percent. Asia lost an estimated 40 its forests. Southeast Asia, Philippines been most devastated, declining from 15 tropical hardwood trees 1970 to only 1 1987. Indonesia, with 10 world’s rain forests, is losing approximately nine hundred thousand every year.2 Over last decade, despite increased recognition that deforestation serious problem, attempted solutions have ineffective.3 The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) not even one tenth remaining forests are being actively managed for sustained productivity.4 Why continuing unchecked? One important reason inadequacy conventional explanations deforestation. These

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