Letter to World Leaders to Curb Corruption in Indonesia’s Forestry Sector!

 Indonesian Forestry Corruption

Throughout the last weeks, Anti-Corruption International initiated a campaign to curb corruption in Indonesia’s forestry sector. We composed a letter to the world leaders asking them to pressure the Indonesian Government, mainly because without the illegally issued logging licenses, which accounted to 86% of all licenses, carbon dioxide emissions would be much lower and the haze problem in the ASEAN region would be at a much lower level as well. Moreover, the lack of efficiency in anticorruption policies has led to efficient destruction of environment.

Here is the letter addressed to the following world leaders:

  • Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon
  • President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo
  • Indonesian Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya Bakar
  • President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker
  • European Commissioner for Climate Action & Energy Miguel Arias Cañete
  • European Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development Phil Hogan


Corruption in forestry sector in Indonesia has caused tremendous environmental and health problems in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. The country is silent in presence of this environmental catastrophe, therefore some international pressure is required. Anti-Corruption International ACI asks you to take action and demand Indonesian authorities to curb corruption in its forestry sector so that similar catastrophes could be prevented in the future.

Dear World Leaders,

In this challenging time, where humanity is threatened by numerous menaces, it is high time to step up and show a strong will for the change. Some of the world’s most concerned citizens have come together to call on you, our leaders, to make the right decisions and take the right path. 2015 has been one of the most challenging years in the post-World War II era, and we believe that 2015 can become a turning point, which will direct us towards a better and safer tomorrow.

There are millions of voices you cannot afford to ignore, millions of voices who have become imprisoned due to unfairness and injustice in the society around them. 2015 has become a turning point in the fight against corruption – a phenomenon that has become widely intertwined within numerous other spheres. Today we can give examples of cases where corruption kills people, and we should not be mute in presence of this devastating crime. You are surely aware of the fact that every year over 280 million people, living on the soil of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and other neighbouring ASEAN countries, suffer from hazardous haze, caused mainly by forest fires in Indonesia. Did you know that, according to a map released by Google Earth in November 2014, two million hectares (20,000 sq. km) of forests are lost in Indonesia annually, the equivalent of 10,000 football fields every day.

Unfortunately, corruption is hiding behind the deforestation of Indonesia. Timber companies in Indonesia are legally obliged to comply with strict guidelines before being granted permits, however, even governmental data shows that only 16 % of such permits have gone through legal accreditation processes. Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) found that permits have been bought from officials with bribe money. Moreover, the decision to grant a company with the permit, is in the hands of a local governor, who is often sponsored and gained power in some part thanks to the same company that gets the permit. It is also clear that corruption effects the Indonesian government’s handling of the issue, since Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) named Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry as the most corrupt in the country.

Given all, we would like to ask you to pressure the Indonesian authorities to curb corruption in Indonesia’s forestry sector, which would significantly contribute to the reduction of carbon dioxide. Greenpeace warns fires raging across forest and peat lands, will match the worst year ever and will exceed the total annual carbon output of the UK or Germany. Moreover, greenhouse gas emissions from peat fires in Borneo and Sumatra are currently exceeding emissions from the entire U.S. economy. This is putting Indonesia on track to be one of the world’s largest carbon polluters this year. Can we afford for this to happen again next year and in the years to come?

We have initiated a petition-campaign, where citizens from all across the globe signed the petition. Please find attached ACI petition text and all the signatories along with their countries of residence.

The change is in your hands. Sometimes, by curbing corruption, we can achieve much greater results and those would benefit the society in more different ways. Sometimes, strict quota and imposed fees for trade, production and leisure do not outweigh the results achieved by simply eradicating corruption.

Find our petition here.


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