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Stop blame game, start working, experts say

  • Bambang Nurbianto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 18 2016   /  09:34 am

As the number of hot spots in forest areas is increasing, relevant parties — government, companies and smallholders — have to stop playing the blame game and focus on how to extinguish fires before they spread to other areas and become uncontrollable, experts say.

Susan Page, a professor at the University of Leicester in the UK, said that under such circumstances, close cooperation on the part of all parties was needed to prevent fires from spreading.

“There should be no blame game anymore. The government, the companies and society need to cooperate to prevent the fires from spreading,” Page told The Jakarta Post on the sidelines of the 15th International Peat Congress in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, on Wednesday.

The number of hot spots in Sumatra increased by 92 to 365 on Wednesday from to the previous day. The majority of hot spots ( 278 ) were found in Ria...