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Communities more effective than bans to restore peatlands

  • Mars Djeer

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Jakarta   /   Fri, October 4, 2019   /  09:11 am
Communities more effective than bans to restore peatlands Looking back to 2015, Indonesia experienced huge and severe fires for most of the year. The World Bank reported in February 2016, that at least 2.6 million hectares of land (mostly peatland) caught fire that year in just five months, from June to October. The economic valuation of losses was estimated at US$16.1 billion. (JP/Hotli Simanjuntak)

A 4-month-old baby in South Sumatra reportedly died on Sept. 15, its death blamed on toxic fumes released from land fires, reports said. This adds to the long list of losses experienced by the community as a result of fires that have not yet been completely overcome. Looking back to 2015, Indonesia experienced huge and severe fires for most of the year. The World Bank reported in February 2016, that at least 2.6 million hectares of land (mostly peatland) caught fire that year in just five months, from June to October. The economic valuation of losses was estimated at US$16.1 billion. Following the 2015 fires, the government established the Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG). One of the BRG’s approaches to peatland restoration is rewetting, which refers to the building of canal blockings and boring of wells to keep the land wet, especially during the dry season to prevent fires. T...

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