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Patrolling Indonesia’s natural heritage

Closing ranks on environmental crime

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Police Inspector General Sugeng Priyanto, Head of the Indonesian Police’s International Relations Division, where INTERPOL Jakarta operates under his command, indicated that Indonesia fully recognizes the importance of protecting its natural heritage.

“Our national police has been putting a lot of energy into this for the past decade. It’s a slow process, but we are starting to see the results.

Transnational organized crime will always be active in areas where good money can be made. Trafficking in wildlife and timber are immensely attractive to crime syndicates because of their seemingly easy access and seemingly safe risk factor. Smuggling wildlife and timber often go hand in hand with trafficking of other illegal goods.

Crimes against the environment have serious social, development and economic consequences for Indonesia and indeed the rest of the world. Enforcing environmental laws and regulations is vital to protecting the environment and reducing environmental damage, and very high up on the Indonesian Police’s daily agenda.

Indonesia will never cease to address national and transnational environmental crimes to help protect its forests and the vital natural resources which the people of Indonesia and indeed the world depend upon. Intelligence sharing is key to fighting environmental crime. INTERPOL is a vital partner in this multi-faceted fight, as it is the only organization which can give our investigations and action the international outreach they require to be effective.”