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Jakarta Post

Govt warns provinces over annual forest fires

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, April 3 2010   /  09:14 am

The government has warned local authorities to take preventative measures against expected forest fires that have become an annual threat during dry season.Environment Minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta has summoned governors, regents and lawmakers from 10 provinces prone to forest fires as the country prepares to enter the dry season by late April.
“We have warned authorities, particularly from six-prone provinces to take action to prevent forest fires,” he told reporters.The six provinces are Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, North Sumatra, Central Kalimantan and West Kalimantan.
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency predicted the dry season would to start in late March and May.Indonesia has promised to cut about 20 percent of forest fires hotspots per year to slash the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.
The 1997 massive forest fires put Indonesia as the...