The black marketeers stealing Indonesia’s islands by the boat-load

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Indonesia. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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With more than 17,000 islands — from the jungly immensities of Borneo and Sumatra to unnamed rocks jutting out of the sea — you might think that Indonesia would not mind if a few of them went missing. But the South-East Asian nation is fighting a losing battle against black marketeers who are, literally, making off with its territory by the boat-load…

Since 2005 at least 24 small islands have disappeared as a result of erosion caused by sand mining…

Read Full Article, World Ressources Center, (03-23-2010)

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