Thursday last week was a good day for Indonesian forests. Thousands of kilometres south, the Australian government announced a $200 million boost in the fight against deforestation, a move Mr Howard said would cut more greenhouse gases than Australia signing Kyoto.

On the same day, a report co-authored by the UK-based Environment Investigation Agency and Indonesian NGO Telapak was released. Titled The Thousand Headed Snake: Forest Crimes, Corruption, and Injustice in Indonesia, it commends the recent progress made by Indonesian authorities in curtailing illegal logging, but outlines the size of the battle still ahead.