New European Satellite imagery supports development of forest-related ecosystem services projects
01 April 2011
Indonesia contains some of the most diverse and largest contiguous forests remaining in Southeast Asia. These forests represent important ecological systems, provide natural habitats for a diverse range of species, and contain the headwaters of important several rivers.
The forests of Indonesia provide ecosystem services including: (i) carbon sequestration to mitigate climate change; (ii) watershed protection, to provide clean and reliable water supplies (commercial and livelihoods); (iii) biodiversity, to maintain nature’s store of genetic materials for science and to support earth’s life systems; and (iv) renewable natural resources for dependent industries and tourism.