Tinder and Pokemon Go-like app seeks to restore Indonesia's forests

Urundata has gained more than 800 users, contributing to nearly 3 million interpretations of publicly available satellite images.
Urundata has gained more than 800 users, contributing to nearly 3 million interpretations of publicly available satellite images.PHOTOS: URUNDATA/FACEBOOK

JAKARTA - A picture of huge swathes of greenery flickers on the smartphone screen. A question pops up: do you see primary natural forest in more than half of the picture? And just like in the Tinder dating app, swipe left or right to answer. Feeling doubtful? Then head over to South Sumatra or East Kalimantan, and hunt for the answer in a Pokemon-Go style.

It is through these games that the new interactive app, Urundata, introduced by land project RESTORE+, hopes to marshall many minds to help save tropical rainforests in Indonesia, the world's largest after the Amazon and Congo basins, and support indigenous communities.

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