Indonesian Islands of Sumatra & Borneo Lost 9% of Their Forests in First 8 Years of 21st Century

We just learned that deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon saw an amazing 1000% spike in December, and now some sobering news about deforestation in Southeast Asia: Mongabay reports than Sumatra and the Indonesian part of Borneo (Kalimantan) lost 9.2% of their forest cover, some 5.4 million hectares, between 2000 and 2008.

One of the researchers describes it:

Our analysis showed that the majority of all mapped forest cover loss (79.9%) occurred in land allocation zones that permit permanent or temporary clearing, while 20.1% occurred where clearing is either prohibited or restricted.
More analysis: Mongabay
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