Using the map

By viewing different map layers together, you can assess the impact or threat posed by individual companies or industrial sectors – including palm oil, pulpwood, selective logging and mining – to forests, peatland or the habitat of endangered wildlife species. You can see how deep the peat is, and you can find the location and time of fire hotspots or deforestation alerts.

Active fire and forest clearance alerts are updated in near-real-time, providing the best available picture of changes on the ground and showing which companies control the concessions in which they occur.

  • Switch map layers on and off using in the map layers panel.
  • Click the 'i' icon to find out more about what data the layer shows and what source has been used to compile it.
  • Use the search field in the upper right corner to search for a particular concession holder. Click the arrow to search by a particular concession type.
  • The palm oil and pulpwood (HTI) layers allow you to filter concessions by group ownership or affiliation.
  • Click on any concession boundary outline in the concession layers for more information about that concession, such as concession holder, company group, area in hectares, and commodity if relevant.
  • Use all four concession layers together to see how much of the country is earmarked for development. Combine with the Ministry of Forestry land cover data and the Ministry of Agriculture peat map to see which concessions contain primary or secondary forest, or peat areas of various depths.
  • Use the GLAD (Global Land Analysis and Discovery) layer to monitor near-live deforestation in Kalimantan (data for the rest of Indonesia will be added in the near future). It is the first Landsat-based alert system and has a resolution of 30m2, which is far higher than other alert systems which use 250m2.
  • The active fires layer can show hotspots detected within the last 24, 48 or 72 hours, or within the previous week. Combine with the concession layers to see which companies control the land in which they are detected.
  • The Indonesia archive fires layer shows the same details over greater periods of time, back to 2013. You can set a date range using the calendar. The first date you select will be the start date, and then navigate forward to select the end date.
  • You can also use the orangutan and tiger habitat layers to see where they coincide with company concessions.
  • By combining concession layers with the peat maps and the forest clearance alerts, you can see where clearance appears to be happening on peat areas and on whose land.