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Vegetation Index and Deforestation in the Philippines

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March 9th, 2010 Category: Vegetation Index

Philippines - March 5th, 2010

Philippines - March 5th, 2010

The Philippines is an archipelago of 7,107 islands bordering the Philippine Sea on the east, the South China Sea on the west, and the Celebes Sea on the south. Most of the mountainous islands are covered in tropical rainforest and volcanic in origin.

Although most the islands visible in this FAPAR image shows a good to high vegetation index (green to dark red), deforestation, often the result of illegal logging, is an acute problem in the Philippines. Forest cover declined from 70% of the country’s total land area in 1900 to about 18.3% in 1999.

Many species are endangered and scientists say that South East Asia, which the Philippines is part of, faces a catastrophic extinction rate of 20% by the end of the century.

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