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Forest Cover Change in Southeast Asia - The Regional Pattern

This document provides an overview of the present pattern of forest change in Southeast Asia at a regional scale. Areas of forest change were identified and approximately delineated by a team of national and regional experts. This was done in the context of sub-regional workshops, held in Vientiane (Laos) and Jakarta (Indonesia) at the beginning of 2007. The main processes of forest change are described, providing indications on the time scale, intensity and the main causes for the change. The regional change pattern established from this information shows that most of the accessible forests in Southeast Asia, and specifically the lowland forests, are experiencing change. The most evident cause of forest loss is the conversion of forest to cash crop plantations. The establishment of timber plantations and timber exploitation, including illegal logging, are responsible for considerable change of forest canopies and structure. The geographical layer established from this information will serve for stratification of the region’s forest cover, to be used for a remote sensing based sampling approach in the context of regional forest monitoring. It can also provide useful background information for regional forest and conservation strategies.

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Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Forest cover reporting
  • Forest industry
  • Forest policy and administration
  • Logging and timber
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Viet Nam
Copyright Yes
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© European Communities, 2007 Reproduction is authorised provided the source is acknowledged

Version / Edition 2007
License CC-BY-3.0-IGO

Address: Hans-Jürgen Stibig, JRC, Institute for Environment and Sustainability,TP440, Via E. Fermi, 21020 Ispra (Va), Italy E-mail: Tel.: +39-0332-789513 Fax: +39-0332-789073

Co-author (coorporate) H-J. Stibig, F. Stolle, R. Dennis, C. Feldkötter
ISSN number 1018-5593
Publication place Italy
Publisher European Commission Joint Research Centre
Publication date 2007
Pagination 52
Keywords V4MF,FLEGT,forests statistics,Southeast Asia
Date uploaded July 31, 2018, 16:34 (UTC)
Date modified October 16, 2018, 09:57 (UTC)