29 Jun '14, 11pm

Despite moratorium, Indonesia now has world's highest deforestation rate

Despite moratorium, Indonesia now has world's highest deforestation rate

Rainforest in Aceh, Sumatra. The finding that selectively logged forests are more likely to be cleared than old-growth forests is consistent with other research. Forests that have been stripped of their high value timber are significantly less valuable for commercial exploitation, increasing pressure to clear them outright for industrial plantations. Despite a high-level pledge to combat deforestation and a nationwide moratorium on new logging and plantation concessions, deforestation has continued to rise in Indonesia, according to a new study published in Nature Climate Change . Annual forest loss in the southeast Asian nation is now the highest in the world, exceeding even Brazil. The study, led by researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD), is based on analysis of high resolution satellite data. Unlike previous research, the new paper distinguishes between loss of...

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