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A lesson from Jambi: Don't play with fire!

  • Moazzam Malik
    Moazzam Malik

    British ambassador to Indonesia, ASEAN and Timor Leste

Jakarta | Fri, July 14, 2017 | 10:31 am
A lesson from Jambi: Don't play with fire! Residents try to extinguish forest fires in Pekanbaru, Riau. Fires razed the area in mid- January. (Antara/Rony Muharman)

PREMIUM In March this year, Zumi Zola, the Jambi governor, launched a regulation completely banning fire in the province — a first in Indonesia. Whilst challenging to implement, it is a major step in the fight against fire, haze, and climate change. Indonesia has 70 percent of the world’s tropical peatlands and the world’s thirst largest tropical rainforest. When cleared for agricultu...

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