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Protecting the heart of Borneo

25 June 2012

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In Southeast Asia, the island of Borneo is home to one of the world's most diverse rainforests, but its natural resources are under threat. Information from satellites is being used to evaluate the impact of the island's future development.

The mountainous island is the third largest in the world. It is an area of exceptional biological diversity and its natural resources have tremendous social and economic value at local, national and global levels.

While still of great importance, these resources have diminished in recent years due to logging, plantation development, mining and forest fires.

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