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Jakarta Post

Indonesia's 2019 fire season not doomsday for forests, but ecological concerns remain

  • Kharishar Kahfi
    Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 6, 2019   /  02:19 pm
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Indonesian firefighters battle a forest fire in Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra in September. The blazes were spewing toxic haze across Southeast Asia, forcing the closure of schools and airports and prompting Jakarta to deploy thousands of personnel to tackle them. (AFP/Abdul Qodir)

When the news of raging forest and land fires across the country broke out earlier this year, concerns were raised that they could be the end for Indonesia’s remaining rainforests as the massive flames engulfed the country’s vast green belt inch by inch. However, a recent report by an environment research group, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), showed that Indonesia might still have a chance onto hold its oxygen sources as this year’s wildfires mostly burned idle land and former forests rather than intact rainforests. Alarm bells alerting of ecological impacts still rang as this year’s fire season blazed through peatland and aged forests and led to the release of millions of tons of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. CIFOR’s report, issued on Monday, highlighted an analysis of satellite imagery of burned land across the ar...