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Engaging local governments, communities in fight against forest fires

  • Fitrian Ardiansyah

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Jakarta   /   Tue, June 4, 2019   /  03:37 pm
Engaging local governments, communities in fight against forest fires World Environment Day, which falls on June 5, highlights the global concern for “air pollution”. Severe cases of air pollution in Indonesia are often related to transboundary haze resulting from land burning activities. (Shutterstock/File)

World Environment Day, which falls on June 5, highlights the global concern for “air pollution”. Severe cases of air pollution in Indonesia are often related to transboundary haze resulting from land burning activities. The 2015 Southeast Asian haze was the latest occurrence of transboundary haze coming from Sumatra and Kalimantan. Previously, the fires occurred in 1982-1983, 1987, 1991, 1994, 1997-1998, 2005, 2006-2007 and 2013. Since 2016, however, the incidents have been reduced but risks associated with fires remain high, especially when the dry season nears. A study titled Environmental Research Letters in 2016 states that the haze outbreak in 2015 was the worst since 1997 as a result of the extreme El Niño weather phenomenon, which is characterized by drought, causing peatland and forests to be more vulnerable to fires. Fires have been widely used in Ind...

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