30 Jun '14, 9pm

Indonesia

Indonesia

Led by Belinda Margono (also co-author of this blog), researchers from the University of Maryland and WRI published the analysis, the first-ever that maps and quantifies annual loss of primary forests in Indonesia. It builds on the groundbreaking global analysis led by Professor Matthew Hansen in partnership with Google published in Science last year. The study reveals that from 2000 to 2012, Indonesia lost more than 6 million hectares of primary forest – an area half the size of England . In recent years, Indonesia even surpassed Brazil in deforestation, losing almost twice as much primary forest as Brazil in 2012. Perhaps most worryingly, the new data shows that the problem is getting worse: Indonesia’s primary forest loss is increasing by an average of 47,600 hectares every year , with an increasing proportion of loss occurring in wetlands, which often results in massiv...

Full article: http://www.wri.org/blog/2014/06/new-study-shows-indonesia...

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