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Peatland mappers win $1million to help tackle Indonesian haze fires
by Michael Taylor

Thomson Reuters Foundation    Translate This Article
2 February 2018

On 2 February 2018 Thomson Reuters Foundation reported: An award-winning method for mapping Indonesia's vast peatlands, developed by Dutch, German, and Indonesian scientists, will help the Southeast Asian nation tackle annual fires that harm health in the region, the organizers of the prize said on Friday (2 February). The International Peat Mapping Team (IPMT) will receive $1 million for winning the two-year competition, funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and managed by the U.S.-based World Resources Institute (WRI). Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of science, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

The IPMT's approach, which combines satellite imagery, LiDAR technologies, and on-the-ground measurement, won for its accuracy, speed, and affordability, added Supiandi Sabiham, co-chair of the judges.

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