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Jakarta Post

Govt sets ambitious target of reducing forest fires by half

  • Hans Nicholas Jong

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 17 2016   /  08:10 am

The government has unveiled a grand strategy to reduce annual land and forest fires in the country over the next three years, aiming to halve the number of hot spots by 2019.

The grand strategy is an ambitious nationwide effort that will involve no fewer than 16 ministries and government agencies, encompassing 731 fire-prone villages in 66 cities and regencies in eight provinces: Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, Central Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, West Kalimantan, East Kalimantan and Papua.

National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) head Bambang Brodjonegoro said the master plan, called the Land, Plantation and Forest Fire Prevention Grand Design, would be coordinated by the Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister, with the assistance of Bappenas and the Environment and Forestry Ministry.

“So that land and forest fires do not happen again in the future, the...