Rapid loss of for­est in Bo­livia

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

DE­FORE STA­TION HAS in­creased in Bo­livia and the Mekong coun­tries, sug­gests new satel­lite data from NASA. The Quar­terly In­di­ca­tor of Cover Change, NASA's satel­lite­based ini­tia­tive, has de­tected a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in for­est loss in sev­eral coun­tries be­tween April 1 and June 30. Bo­livia's rate of for­est loss was 200 per cent higher than the five-year av­er­age. In the Mekong re­gion the coun­tries ex­pe­ri­enc­ing high­est rate of for­est cover loss are Laos (135 per cent), Cam­bo­dia (123 per cent) and Viet­nam 73 per cent. Other coun­tries wit­ness­ing mas­sive de­for­esta­tion in­clude the Philip­pines (84 per cent) and In­done­sia (75 per cent).


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