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Timber mafia killing Borneo rainforest

By Tracy McVeigh  /  The Observer, WEST KALIMANTAN, BORNEO

“We have halved the numbers who have access to the forests and are working to protect our forests from illegal loggers,” he said.

Norway has just given the country a grant on condition that it suspends new concessions in the forests from 2012, but Hadi said a full moratorium is not the answer.

“There is US$10 billion coming in from palm oil, US$4 billion from pulp and paper, and the people who work in these concessions are many, so we cannot just stop it all or the IMF will collapse us as an economy,” Hadi said.

“So please be wise about this, who will pay for that? Europe and the US have a financial crisis and who is going to help us just for the sake of climate change? Nobody,” Hadi said.

“We were told to democratize and this is the price of democracy. Climate change is the price of democracy. Indonesia is trying to be a good boy, but we can’t paint the sky for you,” he said.

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