About Nusantara Atlas

Nusantara Atlas is for anyone interested in monitoring deforestation and fire trends and peatlands degradation in Equatorial Asia and in tracking corporate actions of palm oil, pulp-and-paper, mining and timber industries, the main drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in this region.

It creates the clearest picture of the relationship between the loss of natural forests (deforestation) and the development of plantations by linking maps of plantations expansion and associated forest conversion with updated concession maps of land ownership and with governmental land use zones (State Forest zone and Moratorium maps). It tracks deforestation annually over two decades, to calculate the past deforestation footprint of companies. It tracks deforestation weekly to allow for rapid identification of who might be responsible as it happens and verify private sector zero deforestation pledges. It has an alert verification system by providing weekly updates to Sentinel-2 satellite imagery (spatial resolution: 10 m x 10 m) on the fly.

The atlas also tracks fire hotspots daily the expansion of roads and their impacts on forests. It tracks deforestation near palm oil mills to improve the traceability of palm oil products, in protected areas to monitor conservation outcomes, and in jurisdictions to monitor the effectiveness of government policies to reduce deforestation. It brings all this information at users’ fingertips via impactful time-lapse animations and a dynamic graphical user interface and provides an easy way to identify companies and subsidiaries that keep clearing forests. All the satellite-based maps and analyses developed in the Atlas are published in peer-reviewed journals.