31 Jan '18, 4pm

Is a plantation a forest? Indonesia says yes, as it touts a drop in deforestation

Is a plantation a forest? Indonesia says yes, as it touts a drop in deforestation

Indonesia has reported a second straight year of declining deforestation, and credited more stringent land management policies for the trend. However, the government’s insistence on counting pulpwood plantations as reforested areas has once again sparked controversy over how the very concept of a forest should be defined. Researchers caution that the disparity between Indonesia’s methodology and the standard more commonly used elsewhere could make it difficult for the government to qualify for funding to mitigate carbon emissions from deforestation.

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2018/01/counting-plantations-as...

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