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Read our location and evidence-based stories linking deforestation and fire alerts, time-lapse satellite animations, cadastres, field investigations, literature reviews, and other resources to understand the causes, consequences and solutions to deforestation and fires in Equatorial Asia.

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Read our location and evidence-based stories linking deforestation and fire alerts, time-lapse satellite animations, cadastres, field investigations, literature reviews, and other resources to understand the causes, consequences and solutions to deforestation and fires in Equatorial Asia.

Pulp-and-paper Driven deforestation in Indonesia accelerates in 2022

Analysis by TheTreeMap, conducted using Sentinel-2 and Planet/NICFI satellite imagery. The rate of deforestation caused by the production of pulp, a wood product used to make paper, has decreased significantly in Indonesia since reaching its highest point in 2011 (as seen in the white bars in Figure 1). Despite this positive trend, the pulp and paper industry in Indonesia continues […]

Horrific case of modern slavery linked to palm oil production georeferenced

A recent investigation by The Gecko Project uncovered disturbing human abuses in a palm oil mill called Dewa Rencana Perangin Angin in Raja Tengah village, Langkat, Sumatra. Public disclosures from firms including Unilever, Nestle, PepsiCo, PZ Cussons, and Johnson & Johnson show that these companies sourced palm oil from this mill. Young men in rehabilitation […]

Palm oil deforestation in Indonesia levels off in 2022

Analysis by TheTreeMap, conducted using Sentinel-2 and Planet/NICFI satellite imagery In 2022, Indonesia experienced its second-lowest annual deforestation caused by industrial palm oil production, following a record 22-year low in 2021. Industrial plantations grew by just 59,965 hectares in 2022, a 29% decrease from the previous year and a 22-year low (2001-2022). Surprisingly, palm oil-driven deforestation increased 14% from the […]

The vanishing forests of Tesso Nilo National Park

Palm oil-driven deforestation in Indonesia slowed to a 20-year low in 2021 and is stabilizing in 2022. It is good news, but we see worrying developments in Tesso Nilo National Park, Riau Province, Sumatra. Deforestation is accelerating again in Tesso Nilo. Despite genuine and dedicated conservation efforts by the Park Office, the rampant, and illegal clearing of […]

Severe fire activity declines in Equatorial Asia

Fires less severe today than in early 2000s, particularly in managed landscapes VANCOUVER (Sept. 19, 2022) – Fires have become less severe in Equatorial Asia, potentially marking a new chapter for this tropical epicentre of burning, drought, and related carbon emissions, according to new research published in the journal  Communications Earth & Environment on Monday. Using satellite data, […]

Palm oil-driven deforestation in Indonesia keeps slowing in 2022

For two decades, deforestation rates in Indonesia were linked to the price of crude palm oil. Historically, a price increase of 1 per cent was associated with a 1.08 per cent increase in new industrial oil palm plantations and a 0.68 per cent increase in forest loss. But, the link between prices and deforestation in […]

Palm oil giant using ‘shadow companies’ to hide links to deforestation of tiger habitat in Sumatra?

PT Usaha Sawit Unggul (PT USU), a subsidiary of PT Sumatera Makmur Sejahtera, has cleared more than 350 hectares of natural forest in Mandailing Natal, Sumatra, since the start of the year. Clearing operations are ongoing, indicating that further losses are likely. The area is part of the larger Batang Gadis-Rimbo-Panti forest landscape, the home […]

Palm-driven deforestation is ramping up inside Papua’s revoked concessions in 2022

Palm oil-driven deforestation in Indonesia was at a 20-year low in 2021, but the first three months of 2022 saw an increase in land clearing in Papua. Jakarta’s revoking of 137 oil palm concessions in January 2022 seemed like good news for Indonesian forests. However, Satellite images reveal that the clearing of tropical forests for […]

New highway may strip 4.5 million hectares of forest by 2036 in Tanah Papua

New Guinea, the world’s second-largest island, hosts extensive old-growth forests, including mangroves and peat swamps. It has more plant species than any other tropical island. It is also home to diverse human cultures, each with their own relationship to nature, and until recently human impacts have been small.   The island is divided – in […]

Indonesian deforestation and plantation expansion slow

Opportunity to improve planning and management of oil palm MARTEL, France (March 29, 2022) – Slowing deforestation rates in Indonesia were linked to a drop in the market value of crude palm oil, an indication that trends reflect fluctuating commodity prices, according to a new study published on Tuesday in PLOS One journal. Research led […]