A cleared natural forest opened by local villagers near Tesso Nilo natural forest, Pangkalan Gondai, Riau province. During the last 25 years, Riau has lost more than 4 million hectares of forest and forest cover has declined from 78 percent in 1982 to 27 percent today. Riau?s deforestation is driven by the need to feed the mills of the pulp and paper companies and the expansion of the palm oil industry. Deforestation between 2005 and 2006 was 286,146 hectares, an 11 percent lost in just one year. This is the fastest deforestation rate in the world, WWF reported. Over-exploitation of forests due to illegal logging has also resulted in a tremendous rate of deforestation in Indonesia. | Location: Pangkalan Gondai, RIAU, Indonesia.
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