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Which Way Forward by Carol J. Pierce Colfer

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CHAPTER ONE

Changing PolicyDiscourses andTraditional Communities,1960–1999

Rachel Wrangham

Indonesia's forests are among the most diverse and spectacular in the world. Yet with an annual deforestation rate as high as 1.5 million ha, the state of the remaining forest is a matter of concern for the entire international community (see Chapter 5). So far Indonesia's record of managing its resources and responsibilities has been mixed. Before the Asian economic crisis, the country was lauded as a capitalist success story, with rising standards of living and rapid industrialization. Yet even before that bubble burst, Indonesia had a second face—the exploitation of not only resources but also people (specifically expropriation and corruption, the repression ...

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