Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Borneo Becomes Bald

Palm oil and pulp wood companies have been identified as being responsible for more than half of the rapid deforestation in the Malaysian part of Borneo island, an environmental scientist told Reuters in an interview on Monday. 
David Gaveau, of the Indonesia-based Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), used satellite images and data on concessions from more than four decades to determine how fast deforested land was converted into industrial plantations on Borneo. 
He said: “The faster the conversion, the more likely that the lands were cleared by plantation companies”.
And he revealed that just half of Borneo – which is shared by Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei – is now covered by forests compared with 76 percent in 1973. 
His findings are likely to compound criticism of the palm oil industry in particular, which has faced condemnation for its land-clearing by burning and resulting smoke across Southeast Asia every year. 
Let’s not forget that the blame must also go to the authorities for allowing this to happen in the first place. 


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