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Indonesia: Land of Contrasts

Potential Forest Left

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Potential Forest Left

If current trends continue -- and all the land concessions for mining and harvesting issued to date by the Indonesian government are acted upon -- this is how much of the forest will be left. Indonesia's forested areas are one of the world's most important "carbon sinks" -- areas that absorb carbon -- and play a critical role in regulating the Earth's climate, experts say.

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