Plan to protect Indonesian peatlands with aerial mapping wins $1m

Peatlands - fragile ecosystems

Peatlands are fragile ecosystems formed over thousands of years that when drained or burned release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. AFP / File /
CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN

A plan to use satellite imagery and aerial mapping to protect Indonesia’s peatlands — a vast carbon sink and source of much of the country’s greenhouse emissions — was awarded a $1 million prize on Friday. The cutting-edge technology will be used by authorities to clamp down on illegal clearance of the land for plantations, helping…

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