Corruption and deforestation

This is a collection of corruption scandals and newspaper articles related to deforestation and agriculture in tropical forest countries. If you have additional links please send them to me.


  • Nine cases of corruption in the forestry sector,, 3/15/2010, link.

  • Corruption in Forest Business Permits, Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Arrests Siak’s District Mayor, Republika, 3/25/2011, link.

  • PTPN V (Oil palm company) Found Guilty of Setting Up Palm Oil Plantation without Permit, Republika, 4/14/2013, link.

  • NGO Condemns Oil Palm Plantation in Wildlife Reserve, Antara Sulateng, 12/15/2014, link.

  • How corrupt elections fuel the sell-offof Indonesia’s natural resources, Mongabay, 6/7/2018, link.

  • Rita Widyasari, District Mayor of Kukar, Sentenced to 15 years in Jail, CNN Indonesia, 6/25/2018, link.

  • The Political Corruption of Palm oil Licensing, Tempo, 11/23/2018, link.

  • Palm Oil Permit Bribery Case: Two Members of the Central Kalimantan DPRD (The Regional People’s Representative Council) Sentenced to 4 years in jail, CNN Indonesia, 7/4/2019, link.

  • Palang Karaya Kejari district procecuter’s office investigates the Environment Office of Central Kalimantan Province in relation to corruption,, 9/20/2019, link.

  • Western Kalimantan National Land Agency (BPN) Bribery case: Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigates Palm Oil Boss, Suara Pemred, 12/15/2019, link.

  • Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) detains Suspect in Forest Use Change Case,, 6/4/2020, link.

  • Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Confiscated Nurhadi’s Palm Oil Plantation in North Sumatra, CNN Indonesia, 9/3/2020, link.

  • Direct Elections for Local Leaders (Pilkada) and Palm Oil Concession,, 9/23/2020, link.