THERE are now many documented cases worldwide of how traditional owners and dwellers in native forests have been virtually disinherited by timber clearing.
The exploiters believe they can't make a quick buck if they let the forest survive, whether it be the extensive land clearing in Brazil or Papua New Guinea or elsewhere in the world.
Why don't we just call it for what it is? In the eyes of the greedy entrepreneur, a rainforest is only a commodity to be exploited. The fact that some people depend on that rainforest for their livelihood is a factor that is easily overcome.