A grim sight on my #borneowalkabout. This is what is left of a forest after it has been intensively logged. A few trees and tree stumps overgrown by vines. The picture was taken in #Sabah (northern #Borneo), a region that underwent extensive logging and oil palm planting in the last 30 years. Today, effort is being put in limiting logging and making it more sustainable, by adopting selective logging, limiting collateral damage and setting up reforestation programs. Yet the one in the picture is still a common sight.
First, cut the forest for timber. Then, bulldoze what is left. Finally, plant #oilpalm. What used to be one of the most biodiverse jungles on the planet is now a monoculture, full of pesticides and prone to erosion. This is how most of #Sabah (northern #Borneo) looks today. Authorities and environmental organizations are trying to make these plantations more sustainable, by diversifying the crops and leaving forest patches among plantations. There is still a long way ahead, but things are moving.
Trunks on a truck, this is the fate of many Bornean forests. We have all seen the pictures of fires devastating the forests in Kalimantan, but forest logging happens all the time, taking bits of forest away every day, even if in a more discreet way. This is progress. The question is whether this is really the kind of progress we want. #borneowalkabout #deforestation #borneo