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DMCii Welcomes UK-Indonesia Climate Change Partnership

February 4, 2010

British satellite imaging company DMCii welcomes International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander’s announcement that the UK has joined forces with the Indonesian government to tackle deforestation and prepare Indonesians for the impacts of climate change.

Managing Director Dave Hodgson commented, “We are in the unique position of having tried and tested systems in place to measure deforestation in Indonesia, and have seen first-hand the wide scale damage that forest clearing and peat fires produce.  We welcome the government’s commitment to supporting Indonesia to jointly tackle deforestation.” 

Britain is currently leading a program of systematic wide-area forest monitoring in Indonesia that is coordinated through the European Space Agency (ESA).  DMCii is leading a team comprising the University of Leicester and the World Resources Institute (WRI) to show how satellite imagery can be combined with other data and expert knowledge to provide more powerful tools to tackle deforestation.

The clearing of forests to make way for oil palm plantations is currently one of the biggest contributors to deforestation in Indonesia. DMCii employs a group of 5 satellites called a constellation to provide consecutive images of the forest as it changes.  This imaging system has proven particularly successful at gathering cloud and smoke-free images in tropical forests because it provides almost daily “windows” of opportunity to acquire updated images of an area. 

Indonesia has made an ambitious pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 41 per cent with the UK’s support.  Such targets can only be met and monitored by accurately and regularly monitoring forest cover in the region.

With its partners, DMCii is able to provide maps and statistics that are based upon irrefutable measurement of changes in forest cover.  The high resolution and regular provision of new images also makes it possible to pinpoint areas of deforestation before it spreads.  This up to date and accurate information would improve our understanding of the location, extent and causes of deforestation and help Indonesia to reverse deforestation as it builds its new low carbon economy.

DMCii has experience coordinating challenging satellite imaging campaigns over the rainforests of the Amazon Basin, the Congo Basin and Indonesia, and temperate forests in Siberia, Scandinavia, Europe and North America.

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