Japan: Come autumn, and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will start using earth observation satellite Daichi-2 to monitor illegal logging in tropical rain forests near the equator. The satellite will capture images at a resolution of about 50 meters by 50 meters in three continents: Africa, Southeast Asia, South America. The area being monitored extends across 16.6 million square kilometers of tropical rain forests. The agencies will create maps showing recently deforested areas. This data will be released on the agencies’ websites free of charge every six weeks.
Source: The Japan News