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  1. Introduction
  2. Forest management strategies in Indonesia
  3. Indonesian government, and government policy
  4. Analysis
  5. Conclusion

Deforestation in Indonesia has quite a long history and is currently of major national concern. Recent estimates identify the rate of deforestation in Indonesia at between 1.6 million and 2.5 million hectares per year. (Nawir et al 2007 pg 16) While this deforestation is linked to the industries of timber, oil, mining, palm oil, there exist both direct and underlying causes to the mass deforestation in Indonesia. The direct causes can be categorized into forces and conditions of nature, and those causes linked to human activity.

The underlying causes can be categorized into socio-economic forces, weaknesses in the government, failures of policy, and failures of the market. (Nawir et al 2007 pg 17) Through an examination of these forces this paper aims to explain the history of deforestation in Indonesia.Forest management strategies in Indonesia have largely been influenced by the economic state of the country as well as shifts in government policy. During the Dutch colonial era spanning from 1602-1942, deforestation was mostly a result of the use of timber in shipbuilding by the Dutch East India Company.

[...] "The Politics of Deforestation in Indonesia." Pacific Affairs. 66.4 (1993): 497-518. Nadler, Ronald D., Birute F.M. Galdikas, Lori K. Sheeran, and Norm Rosen. The Neglected Ape. New York: Plenum Press, 1995. Nawir, Ani Adiwinata, Murniati, and Lukas Rumboko. Forest Rehabilitation in Indonesia: Where to after more than three decades? Jakarta: SMK Grafika Desa Putera, 2007 Palmer, Charles E. "The extent and causes of illegal logging: An analysis of a major cause of tropical deforestation in Indonesia." CSERGE Working Paper. (2001) Saul, Anno, dir. [...]


[...] Deforestation in Indonesia Deforestation in Indonesia has quite a long history and is currently of major national concern. Recent estimates identify the rate of deforestation in Indonesia at between 1.6 million and 2.5 million hectares per year. (Nawir et al 2007 pg 16) While this deforestation is linked to the industries of timber, oil, mining, palm oil, there exist both direct and underlying causes to the mass deforestation in Indonesia. The direct causes can be categorized into forces and conditions of nature, and those causes linked to human activity. [...]

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