Radar to Detect Deforestation: ENS

Major palm oil producers and buyers – including Cargill, Mondelēz, Nestlé, Pepsico and Unilever – are supporting development of a radar system for monitoring deforestation in near real-time. “With this information, the companies say they can more quickly mobilize follow-up actions on the ground and work to improve the sustainability of commodity supply chains,” reports Environment News Service. “A high rate of forest loss due to human activities combined with more frequent extreme climate events is increasing the pressure on the Earth’s forest ecosystems. At the same time, countries and major commodity sectors are committing to zero-deforestation pledges.” Clearing forests to produce palm oil contributes to the decline of orangutan populations in Indonesia and Malaysia; up to 80 percent of forest habitat favored by orangutans has been lost during the past 20 years. Wageningen University and Satelligence, a Netherlands-based remote imaging company, are developing the system, facilitated by the US-based World Resources Institute and the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-1A and B satellites. The system will provide public alerts via Global Forest Watch, and ENS concludes, “The open nature of the system will enable companies – plus governments, civil society organizations, and concerned stakeholders – to monitor forests using the same information source and standards.” – YaleGlobal

Radar to Detect Deforestation: ENS

Multinational corporations that produce and purchase palm oil support development of a radar system to monitor and prevent illegal deforestation
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Read the article about a multinational effort to prevent deforestation and loss of habitat in Malaysia and Indonesia.

maps of Indonesia and Malaysia, showing increase in alerts about deforestation between 2015 and 2020
Vanishing forests: Global Forest Watch offers data and tools on forest changes, land cover, land use, climate and biodiversity, providing real-time information on where and how forests are changing around the world (Source: Global Forest Watch)

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