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Kalimantan’s forests are doing OK: NGO

  • Elly Burhaini Faizal

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 17 2012   /  09:07 am

The Heart of Borneo is doing well, despite the usual threats from extractive activities and fires, according to environmental activists.

The famed forested area spans 22 million hectares in Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia on Kalimantan Island, also known as Borneo.

Adam Tomasek, the leader of the Heart of Borneo Initiative, said on Thursday that deforestation and forest degradation remained a serious issue in Indonesia and Kalimantan.

“This is not at all to say that the threats from forest conversion, deforestation and forest degradation in the area have disappeared. They are still real threats,” he told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

In a recently released report, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Indonesia said that most types of forest in the Heart of Borneo were in good or very good condition, although several areas were under threat from busines...