01 Mar The Fate of Indonesia’s Forests (CNA Insight)
Indonesia, home to one of the greatest biodiversity in the world, has lost at least a quarter of its forest in the last 25 years due to deforestation. Associate Professor Simon Tay, Chairman of the SIIA, said in a recent documentary by Channel NewsAsia, “Besides the rainforest that people pay a lot of attention to, there’s another kind of a very special biosphere called peatlands. Indonesia has some of the deepest and largest peatlands in the world and these are a huge carbon sink. If they are treated well, they can help absorb and contain the climate change problem. But if they are developed wrongly or overdeveloped, this will release fires, haze, and carbon much worse than any normal land or forest fire.”
Catch the full documentary, “The Fate of Indonesia’s Forest”, here.