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German-funded agency to help Indonesia prevent forest fires

  • Moses Ompusunggu

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 11 2017   /  12:18 am

An independent research-based agency that was launched on Monday in Jakarta is set to assist Southeast Asian countries in addressing serious challenges related to the management of forest fires in the region.

The agency, the Regional Fire Management Resource Center — Southeast Asia Region (RFMRC-SEA), was established by the German-based Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC), which is financially supported by the German federal government. It will be headquartered at the Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) in West Java.

While the RFMRC-SEA has a long-term initiative to assist the region, the center’s primary focus will be on assisting Indonesia, given its status as the host country and its position in what it calls the “hot seat” for regional fire management challenges.

RFMRC-SEA project coordinator Bambang Hero Saharjo, who is also a forestry professor at IPB,...