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Greenpeace said the understatement of data on forest fires in Russia
Rosleskhoz data on the area of forest deaths from fires in 2018 are distorted and differ from the remote monitoring data by 51 times. This was stated by the Greenpeace Forest Department.
Employees of an environmental organization studied the official draft state report “On the State and Environmental Protection of the Russian Federation in 2018”, published on the website of the Ministry of Natural Resources, and found inaccuracies in the data provided by the department. According to Rosleskhoz, the area of forests that died in 2018 from forest fires amounted to 73 thousand hectares, and according to the satellite monitoring technology department of the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the figure is much larger - 3 710 thousand hectares.
According to Greenpeace employees, it is satellite data that is the most accurate and objective source of information. Accurate data for 2019 is not yet available, but according to preliminary estimates, the area of forest deaths from fires can be approximately one and a half times higher than the same indicator of the previous year.