The Timber mafia [Widescreen]

Australia, 2000

TV show
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Episode of Series “Four corners (Television program)”.
A revealing profile on the illegal timber trade which is highly organised and operating on an international level involving several source countries throughout Asia, Africa and South America. Focusing on Indonesia, a major source country where it is thought up to 70% of all logging is illegal, reporter Stephen McDonell, with the support of Faith Doherty from the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency, attempts to seek out exactly how and where this illegal timber finally ends up. Starting in Kalimantan province, Indonesia, their investigative journey follows the trail from the illegally harvested timber in the rain forest national parks to neighbouring countries where the timber is “laundered” making it almost impossible to prove its origins. The wood is then shipped off to ports throughout Europe, Australia, China and Japan with no questions asked by the importers. This illegal industry which is destroying the environment and threatening the habitat of endangered animals and biodiversity of rain forests is also a danger to both those involved and those who dare to resist or prevent the warlords and timber barons from carrying out their business. Violence and corruption exists everywhere, even within governments and whilst trading regulations and jurisdictions remain complex and uncoordinated, the “timber mafia” will continue to rape the globe’s rain forests and devastate the ecosystems which inhabit these amazing ancient forests.

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Credits

producer

Janine Cohen

production company

TVE International

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Duration

00:45:00:00

Production places
Australia
Production dates
2000

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Group of items

Four corners (Television program)

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Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

318459

Language

English

Audience classification

Exempt

Subject categories

Animals & Wildlife → Forest animals

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Conservation of natural resources

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Environmental protection

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Forest conservation

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Forest ecology

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Forest products

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Forests and forestry

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Logging

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → National parks and reserves

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Rain forest conservation

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Rain forest ecology

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Rain forests

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Timber

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Tree felling

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Trees

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Tropical regions - Forests

Crime, Espionage, Justice, Police & Prisons → Corruption

Crime, Espionage, Justice, Police & Prisons → Smuggling

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Corruption

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Indonesia - Social conditions

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Timber - Economic aspects

Television

Television → Television series

Television → Television series → Television series - Australia

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Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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