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Indonesia Records Lower Deforestation Rate During 2021-2022

Indonesia recorded annual deforestation rate from July 2021 to June 2022 decreased by 8.4 percent compared to the previous period, the country’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry announced Monday.

Statistics show 104,000 hectares of deforested area, down from 113,500 hectares during the period before.

The calculation of deforestation was based on monitoring throughout Indonesia’s 187 million-hectare land area. The measurement was conducted by the ministry using satellite imagery data.

“Last year, the rate of our deforestation was relatively low and the decline tended to be stable. This shows that our efforts to reduce deforestation have shown significant results,” the ministry’s Acting Director General for Forestry Planning and Environmental Management, Ruandha A. Sugardiman, told a press conference.

Based on data from the ministry, as of 2022, the total area of Indonesia’s forested land was 96.0 million hectares, or 51.2 percent of the country’s total land area.