Japan to release satellite images of forests to combat illegal logging

by ajw.asahi.com — 2016-02-16 07:54:11

Japan will join international efforts to crack down on illegal logging in forests near the equator by releasing satellite imagery for free of areas under threat.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) expect to post the data online from August.

Officials expressed the hope that the information will prove useful to dozens of countries in Southeast Asia, Africa and South America that are struggling to contain illegal logging.