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Forest conservation goes high-tech

  • Nurni Sulaiman

    The Jakarta Post

Bogor   /   Mon, February 4 2013   /  11:01 am

Experts say satellite-based remote sensing technology has proven to help slow the rate of deforestation in the Harapan rainforest in Jambi province.

“Deforestation in Harapan seemed to have slowed down [in the last quarter of 2012]. This was confirmed by local observers,” Netherlands-based Wageningen University forest inventory expert Dirk H. Hoekman said last week during the workshop on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation — Fast Logging Assessment and Monitoring Environment (REDD-FLAME) held at the International Convention Center of the Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) in Bogor.

“It may be possible that this actually is a result of the [advanced technology].”

The workshop marked the end of the REDD-FLAME program, which used the advanced technology in Mawas, Central Kalimantan. The project was part of a European Commission-funded resear...