The Jakarta Post
Residents of Kuala Panduk, Petodaan and Segamai in Riau province managed to prevent peatland fires from occurring in their areas this year and their communities have consequently been named 'fire-free' villages.
For their achievement, each village received a total of Rp 100 million (US$7,700) in cash from PT Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper (RAPP) to be used for the improvement of infrastructure.
The three villages, alongside six others in Teluk Meranti and Pelalawan districts, were involved in the Fire-free Village Program initiated by RAPP with the Pelalawan regency administration. Evaluation took place from July 28 until Oct. 15 this year.
'The three villages successfully maintained zero percent land and forest fires during the assessment period,' said RAPP managing director Tony Wenas, during the prize-giving ceremony in Pekanbaru on Wednesday.
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