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(Interactive Map: Use the zoom buttons our your mouse scroll wheel to zoom in and reveal detail of deforestation. Click and drag to move around the region)
November 20th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) An interactive map based on data analysis of images captured by Landsat satellites reveals the deforestation of Costa Rica between the years 2000 and 2012, which is most evident in the Nicoya Peninsula and the northern and southern zones of the country. The University of Maryland in the United States published the work, which encompasses the entire globe’s forest loss.
While the map reveals deforestation in Costa Rica, it indicates the level of deforestation in Nicaragua during the period to have been worse. Areas of red indicate loss of forest cover between the years 2000 and 2012. The map also reveals significant deforestation in South America, in countries such as Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru and Argentina.
Google assisted in the processing of the data.
Mauricio Alvarez, president of the Environmental Federation (FECON) said there was a “serious process of deforestation in the late 2000’s,” and expressed his concern about the increase of pineapple plantations in the north of the country as well as the country’s Caribbean region, and the expansion of hotel projects along the country’s coasts.