The future of forest conservation

Indonesia’s forests have shrunk dramatically in the past few decades. They have been cut with increasing speed for their timber, and to clear land for agriculture and development. Lowland forest areas have disappeared with particular speed because they are most accessible. They are also among the most commercially attractive forests: Indonesia’s lowland forests contain a large percentage of Dipterocarps, hardwood trees whose timber fetches high prices on international markets.

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Updated: February 17, 2012 — 7:38 pm

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