In Indonesia, forests cover 463,000 square miles, which ranks behind only Brazil and the Democratic Republic of Congo in size. But rampant illegal logging has made those forests among the most endangered on the planet and has depressed timber prices worldwide, according to a new report. In the 1960s, about 82 percent of Indonesia was forested. By 1995, forest cover was reduced to 52 percent. At the current rate of deforestation, 98 percent of Indonesia’s lowland forests may be destroyed by 2022, according to reports. This WWF graphic illustrates the forest loss in Borneo from 1950 to 2005, with projected forest cover in 2020.
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