Project ‘discovers’ uncharted forests—and charts new direction in land-use planning

4 November 2014

BOGOR, Indonesia — Whereas magicians use mirrors to make huge objects seemingly disappear, researchers in Indonesia are developing maps to “find” forests that apparently weren’t there before.

And the best part: It’s not an illusion.

By developing a more detailed map, researchers have shown that protected forest in Maluku province occupies more than double the area previously believed — a discovery with profound implications for land planners.

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