Deforestation in Indonesia spiked last year, but resources analyst sees better overall trend

The Associated Press in the National Post
April 28, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: International

JAKARTA, Indonesia — From trees felled in protected national parks to massive swaths of jungle razed for palm oil and paper plantations, Indonesia had a 27% uptick in primary forest loss in 2023 from the previous year, according to a World Resources Institute analysis. But the loss is still seen as historically low compared to the 2010s, it said. “Deforestation has been declining from six or so years ago,” said Rod Taylor, global director of the forests program at WRI. “It’s good news and commendable for Indonesia. But others saw cause for concern in the uptick, and tied some of the more recent deforestation to the world’s appetite for mining Indonesia’s vast deposits of nickel. …Since 1950, more than 74 million hectares of Indonesian rainforest have been logged, burned or degraded for development of palm oil, paper and rubber plantations, according to Global Forest Watch.

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