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About ILEA

The Integrated Law Enforcement Approach (ILEA) project aims to promote coordinated legal enforcement among major actors affecting the forestry sector. This project facilitates coordination and collaboration amongst all institutions working to curb forestry crime, corruption, and money laundering. The main goal of the project is to develop a more efficient, effective and integrated approach to stop or reduce illegal logging. The project strategy is to 'follow the money' rather than 'follow the wood' of logging operations. Accepted practices of following illegal logs have stopped a relatively small portion of illegal timber being cut. Small-scale operatives and low-level employees of illegal logging operations have been convicted.  But following the money trail will lead to key actors in finance and organised crime who reap high profits from illegal logging. More



Law enforcement efforts to crack down on organised crime can actually cause official corruption to increase if asset forfeiture is not integrated into the effort, according to a study published at Review of Law and Economics 4 (1) , Article 14, in October 2008. Teh study was conducted over 14 years and spanned 107 different nations. A key finding is that without asset forfeiture programmes, high-level corruption grows rapidly even while, paradoxically, the public sector may devote more justice system resources to convicting more members of crime syndicates. More

Donor initiatives

The Forest Governance Initiative aims to promote good forest governance in Indonesia in order to ensure that forest resources contribute as much as possible to poverty alleviation, economic growth and sustainable forest management and conservation. This programme will contribute to the achievement of the above goal by promoting forest law enforcement, transparency and accountability, which are....More


The Extractive Industries Transparencies Initiative, EITI, is a voluntary global standard that promotes revenue transparency at the local level. The standard encourages governments, extractive companies, civil society, and investor and international organisations to work together to develop a framework for making publicly available payments and receipts of extractive industries. EITI has developed a methodology for monitoring and reconciling company payments and government revenue so that the revenue is used efficiently and equitably, and to increase transparency of funds allocated to develop a country’s extractive industry resources. More


The Supreme Court of Indonesia has convicted Martias, also known as Pung Kian Hwa, of corruption on 11 December 2007. The verdict sets a precedent for using anti-corruption laws in cases involving forestry forestry cases.

Martias was charge with accepting favors from 4 senior government representatives to acquiring and misusing a Timber Use Permit. The 4 officials were: then governor of East Kalimantan, Suwarna AF; a director general within the Ministry of Forestry, Waskito Suryohadibroto; the former head of the Provincial Forestry Service of East Kalimantan, Uuh Aliyudin; and Robian. The malfeasnace caused losses of Rp 346,8 billion in public funds. More

News and events

Battle brewing over forests and plantations in Papua
Jakarta Globe, 9 May 2010
Environmentalists are up in arms over the latest design for the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate in Papua, which they say will see more than 1.1 million hectares of forests converted into agricultural estates. The Merauke project, which spans three districts in Papua, is part of the government’s plan to develop agricultural estates in remote areas such as Papua and Kalimantan so they can become self-sufficient in food production and eventually major food exporters.......

Govt ready to facilitate Greenpeace case
Antara, 8 May  2010

The agriculture ministry is ready to facilitate a meeting between Greenpeace and PT Sinar Mas Agro Resources & Technology Tbk. (PT SMART) to clarify issue on environmental destruction by oil palm plantations. Greenpeace Southeast Asia campaigner Bustar Maitar said Indonesia has one of the fastest rates of forest destruction on the planet, with palm oil and pulp and paper plantations being major causes. As a result, it is now the world's third largest greenhouse gas emitter, after China and the United States.............

Criminal logging hurts climate and jobs: US Report
Jakarta Globe, 5 May  2010
Illegal logging in this country, a leading timber exporter, is threatening jobs in the US forest products industry and undermining efforts to use forests to fight climate change, according to a report by US labor and environmental groups. Illegal logging undermines the strength and sustainability of the forest products economy, both in Indonesia and the United States.........