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A large chunk of Indonesia’s forests are being logged by logging companies, a new report by Oxfam says.
In 2015, Indonesian forestry companies logged a total of 23.7 million hectares (49.5 million acres) of forests, according to the report.
The vast majority of that was in the Borneo, Sumatra and Bornean islands.
Oxfam said this number had doubled since 2015.
“The Borneans are one of the last places in the world where forest is being cleared for logging,” said Oxfam’s Director of Global Forestry Campaign, Chris Williamson.
“A large chunk has been logged in the past two decades.”
The report, titled “Trapped in the Timber,” highlights logging companies’ efforts to reduce the amount of forest in Indonesia, which has a population of about 1.5 billion people.
The report states that in 2015, the logging companies were also responsible for cutting down more than 3 million hectares of rainforest.
“Trapping in the timber” is the latest Oxfam report to focus on deforestation.
Earlier this year, the environmental group also released a report that estimated the deforestation rate in Indonesia could be up to 60 percent higher than the number reported by authorities.
The company also released an investigation into the illegal logging industry in Indonesia.