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Bucking trends in tropics, Indonesia & Malaysia have reduced deforestation in recent years: report

Indonesia and Malaysia have cut deforestation by more than half in recent years, a new report shows.

“Indonesia and Malaysia have managed to keep rates of primary forest loss near record-low levels,” according to an analysis from the World Resources Institute. Across both countries, average yearly forest loss fell dramatically between the years 2015-2017 and 2020-2022, with Indonesia seeing a 64 percent decline and Malaysia a 57 percent decline.

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