Indonesian forests expand
The Indonesian Forestry Ministry has claimed the country’s total forested area has increased by 14 million hectares in the past decade. According to a Jakarta Post report, the Ministry’s Head of Research & Development, Tachrir Fathoni, made the discovery following analysis of satellite images. In 2000 Indonesia had 120.3 million hectares of total forested area. This had increased to 134 million hectares by 2009, Fathoni was reported saying. If verified, the new figure would make Indonesia the world’s second-largest forest nation, behind Brazil, but moving ahead of DR Congo.