The Destruction of the Forest
the last decades of the twentieth century the destruction of the
Indonesian rainforest accelerated with the arrival of large
multinational forestry industry companies.
is the story of a vast project to build a pulp mill in the
untouched heart of Borneo. The promoters are Europeans,
Indonesians and Taiwanese, backed by international banks who vie
for a share in the rich rewards, in total disregard for the
destruction that will be wreaked on the habitat of the
indigenous peoples and the terrible effect that the mill would
have on the natural environment.
Ennis arrives in Jakarta, on behalf of the consortium formed to
promote the project, where he discovers an unexpectedly new
world. Assigned to head the development by Antoine Brodzski the
promoter and a Scandinavian multinational, he is plunged into a
conflict of financial and political interests in Suharto’s
Indonesia, where dollars are more important than the
obliteration of huge swaths of Borneo’s primary forests and its
unique wildlife and ecosystem.
the boardrooms of Europe to the steaming forests and capitals of
South East Asia, John Ennis is confronted with the dilemma of
investment and employment, the motors of development for 200
million Indonesians, and the unaffordable cost that future
generations will have to pay.