Environmental group Greenpeace has launched an interactive map to track forest fires and acts of deforestation in near-real time across Indonesia. (Antara Photo/Regina Safri)

Greenpeace Launches Interactive Map to Track Deforestation, Fires in Indonesia

BY :RATRI M SINIWI

MARCH 16, 2016

Jakarta. Environmental group Greenpeace has launched an interactive map to track forest fires and acts of deforestation in near-real time across Indonesia.

The Kepo Hutan (Curious About Forests) platform was created in the wake of massive fires that raged in parts of East Kalimantan and Riau last year, resulting from the large-scale draining of peat land and clearing of forests for new plantations, Greenpeace Indonesia forest campaigner Teguh Surya said at the launch in Jakarta on Tuesday (15/03).

The interactive map was also created in support of President Joko Widodo's plans to resolve deforestation issues in the country, and the One Map Policy, which was imposed by the president last year.

Kepo Hutan shows the borders of land concessions and who controls it; lets users see where the burning originates; and provides deforestation alerts for the affected areas.

The map also provides comprehensive data on palm oil and pulpwood plantations, selective logging and coal mining.

Members of the public can access the map on Greenpeace International's official website.

Related data is also made available on the Kepo Hutan platform for community organizations and researchers to carry out analyses.

Bambang Widjojanto, former deputy chief of Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), stated that the map would allow members of the public to prevent another crisis by monitoring fires in forests and peat lands.

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