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CUT it out

CUT it out
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Copyright: alyssa erika louis agaban (seafetish) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 16] (96)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-15
Categories: Rain Forest
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-22 6:52
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this is a sad shot. i was on my way to the beach (balekambang), it was a beautiful day and my friends and i were all excited.

the scenery was picturesque. Indonesia is an ancient place full of wonders.

when a row of rolling hills loomed before us, always thrilled to see a mountain, i readied my point and shoot,but what i saw on my camera screen shocked me to my core. this is what i have seen on my camera screen. i was numbed yet i knew i have to take a snapshot of it.

this sight terribly depressed me. i barely enjoyed our trip. yet i knew i saw this for a reason.

that is why i am sharing you this. the forests of Indonesia is one of the most diverse and ancient. yet nowadays it is being destroyed quicker than what it took to build it.

Indonesia is one of the largest palm oil exporters in the world it is also one of the largest greenhouse gas emitters. Apart from that they are also one of the largest exporters of timber and one of the worst exploiters of the forest.

According to Final Cut,a report in 1999 by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and Indonesian partners Telapak:

In Indonesia illegal logging is a massive problem that has resulted in undermining the rule of law and substantial revenues to the state. It encourages forest crimes, and has serious economic and social implications to the poor and disadvantaged. The threat to ecosystems and biodiversity is enormous with very little long-term advantages for anyone other than those who are responsible for the plunder and smuggling of timber from one country to the next.

Indonesia's timber that is stolen from the country's forests finds it way on to the international market either directly or through neighbouring states, especially Malaysia and Singapore where the timber is successfully laundered and sent onto the US, Europe, Japan, Taiwan and Mainland China marketplace.

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