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RI reduces deforestation rate, but researchers urge caution

Asap mengepul akibat kebakaran hutan di wilayah Nongsa, Batam, Kepulauan Riau, Rabu (15/4/2020). Berdasarkan data aplikasi SiPongi Kementerian Lingkungan Hidup dan Kehutanan (KLHK) jumlah titik panas (hot spot) di wilayah Kepulauan Riau mengalami peningkatan dari sebelumnya berjumlah 37 titik panas pada bulan Maret 2020 naik menjadi 40 titik panas pada pertengahan April 2020 ini. (Antara/M N Kanwa)
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Jakarta   ●   Tue, June 9 2020

A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

The Jakarta Post/Jakarta

Indonesia has offered a glimpse of hope for the environment, with its rate of deforestation having decreased for a third year in a row as a result of the government’s response to the devastating 2015-2016 fire crisis, even as global deforestation continues apace.

However, environmental researchers remain cautious about the actual level of forest cover loss in the country as the full impact of fires in 2019 might have been obscured by haze and bad weather conditions.

Despite experiencing the third-highest rate of deforestation in the world, primary forest loss in Indonesia dropped significantly last year, hitting its lowest figures since 2003, according to the recently launched Global Forest Watch report.

Indonesia lost 324,000 hectares of primary forest, just behind Brazil (1.36 million ...

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