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By Amelia Hapsari

Glimpses on corruption in Indonesia could be traced in various parts in "Sharing Paradise". Corruption is the iron shield of illegal fishing practices in Balobaloang and throughout Indonesia.

As the filmmaker interviewed the police, they just captured one cyanide operation. Proud by this achievement, the police asked the filmmaker to go to the court and asked about the arrested cyanide fisher. When the filmmaker went to court, the name of the fisher was not even in the list. The court did not allow any process of inquiry to be filmed and refused to provide explanation on why the name of the detainee disappeared from the record. One honest cop was proved to be insufficient to enforce the law, when the court and other judiciary system were corrupt.

Corruption has aggravated coral reef destruction in Balobaloang. Village and regency government as well as the police force that were notified on corruption cases in Balobaloang have all answered that it was not possible to root out.

Below are selected writings on corruption and natural resources management.  

Corruption and Renewable Natural Resources
By Transparency International

Corruption in Natural Resources Management

By Ivar Kolstad, Tina Soreide, and Alled Williams for Anti-Corruption Resource Center

Also in this section:
A Nation in Search of Democracy
Destructive Fishing Practices and Indonesian Law
Local Autonomy and the Dilemma
Global Trade and the Impact on Developing Countries
Problems in Indonesian Marine Security




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