- With diverse transboundary links in environmental crimes increasingly prominent, there is a need to identify tools to enhance international or regional cooperation in order to strengthen forest enforcement.
- Mutual legal assistance (MLA) has particular potential to facilitate cooperation across jurisdictions.
- Provisions on dual criminality and predicate offenses often limit the scope for MLA on forest-related crimes, both within Indonesia and in partner countries.
- Proactive establishment of bilateral MLA agreements could strengthen MLA use, including with countries where the financiers and traders often reside and bank.
- Existing platforms provide opportunities to operationalize country commitments to international cooperation on environmental topics.
Geographic: Indonesia,South East Asia
Series: CIFOR Infobrief no. 77
Publisher: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor, Indonesia
Publication Year: 2014Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.