Research shows that deforestation in Southeast Asia is still ongoing
According to researchers from the Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing (CRISP) and the National University of Singapore (NUS), forest cover in Southeast Asia continues to decline at a rate of 1% per year.
The study analysed the deforestation rates in insular Southeast Asia between 2000 and 2010. Throughout the region, peat swamp forests were subjected to the highest deforestation rates at an average annual rate of 2.2%. Lowland evergreen forests declined by 1.2% a year.
The study shows that deforestation in the region continues, and the researchers warn that the forest cover changes further increase the elevated carbon emissions from deforested peatlands and thereby directly contribute to the rising carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere.
The full study can be accessed here [link].