What a difference 4 decades make: Deforestation in Borneo since 1973

31 Jul 2017


This factsheet from CIFOR looks at the rate of deforestation in Borneo and the effects of agriculture, logging, palm oil and forest fires have had on the landscape over the years.

In 1973, 55.8 million hectares (76%), of Borneo was old-growth rainforest. About 19.5 million ha of old-growth forest area was destroyed between 1973 and 2016 by fire and agricultural expansion. By 2016, 50% of the island remained forested.