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Remote sensing and satellite imagery to aid illegal logging in Malaysia

The Malaysian Government recently promised to throw illegal loggers behind bars, taking a tougher stand against illegal clearing of forests. It has also set limits to the land area that can be legally logged by State Governments. The full weight of the law will be brought to bear on offenders. Although the law provides for a mandatory jail term for those convicted, it has never been imposed. The government has decided that remote sensing or satellite technology provided by the Malaysian Centre for Remote Sensing would be used to detect illegal logging in the country. A limit has been set on the clearing of logs by States under the Ninth Malaysia Plan where the logging limit has been set as 1,334,700 hectares (or 266,940 hectares a year) nationwide.