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Government and Industry Data Suggest that More than 30 Percent of Wood Used by Indonesia’s Industrial Forest Sector Comes from Unreported, Illegal Sources

Current paper processing capacity exceeds reported supply of legally sourced wood; If planned pulp and paper mills open, this "supply gap" could spike to 59 percent

WASHINGTON, DC (17 February 2015) — More than 30 percent of wood used by Indonesia’s industrial forest sector1 stems from the unreported clear-cutting of natural forests and other illegal sources instead of legal tree plantations and well-managed logging concessions,2according to a new study analyzing Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and timber industry data to assess the sustainability of the country’s booming pulp and paper industry. The report also finds that if the country’s pulp and paper mills were to operate at full capacity, and if companies were to go forward with plans for a multi-billion dollar investment in new mills, the industry would need to double its legal supply of wood to meet demand.


FULL REPORT Press Release

Indonesia’s Legal Timber Supply Gap and Implications…
– Full Report

Press Release: English [PDF]


* Clarification to the Report Acknowledgments


Figure: Licensed Area Reported under Forest-Related Activities


Figure: Production of Pulp Reported by the MoF and by Industry (APKI) and the Reported Use of Wood from Plantations


Figure: A Comparison of Reported Timber Use vs. Supply