Hoax 11 : Indonesia is The Largest Country Deforesting and Converting its Peat Land Into Agricultural Areas
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Is Indonesia the largest country deforesting and converting its peat land into agricultural areas ?
From 1990 to 2008 3.83 million ha of global peat land was converted into agricultural land or for other uses (Joosten, 2009). Of that, (see figure below) about 37 percent happened in Russian and 33 percent in European peatland areas. About 13 percent of Indonesia’s peatland was also converted in that period.
Figure : Global peat land conversion 1990-2008 (Joosten, 2009: Wetland International)
Therefore, the largest peat land deforestation from 1990 to 2008 was not in Indonesia, but in Russia and Europe.