Changes in the use of forest areas on a large scale for production needs are currently one of the factors that influence the occurrence of deforestation, moreover, the use of the area is carried out illegally, and or permits to use the area are obtained from a corruption process so that the illegal permits become as if the permit is illegal. – if legal. The corruption case in licensing the use of forest areas as production areas is not new, in 2013 the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested the Governor of Riau Rusli Zainal on charges of granting a work chart permit for the utilization of timber forest products in plantation forests (BKUPHHK-HT) in 2013. 2004 ago. The government suffered a loss of more than Rp. 265.9 billion for this permit, this loss was calculated based on the amount of wood cut. The case of Riau Governor Rusli Zainal in terms of licensing corruption is not the last in the Republic of Indonesia, during 2013-2020 there are many more similar cases handled by the KPK and other law enforcers.

Deforestation or changes in forest areas if it continues will have an impact on the loss of tropical rainforest cover which is the original habitat of animals and plants. The extinction of animal and plant species over time. In addition, water catchment areas can also be lost due to the absence of forests as guardians of the water cycle. Rainwater that falls will flow directly on the surface and cause erosion. The side effect of erosion is the loss of soil fertility due to leaching of the soil by continuous rain, flooding due to the soil not being able to absorb water, and eventually causing landslides.

The Independent Forestry Monitoring Network (JPIK) uses spatial analysis data from Global Forest Watch (GFW) and Forest Watcher that have been developed by WRI Indonesia. The platform can see the point of tree cover loss, and land-use changes until the latest is a method that allows the availability of fast indications of tree cover loss (Near Real-Time). JPIK also uses the priority method of forest monitoring areas to identify areas that are indicated to be experiencing illegal logging on a large scale. The Pantau Jejak methodology identifies areas with the highest number of weekly tree cover loss warnings (using GLAD alerts) in areas where logging is legally prohibited.

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