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Jakarta Post

Forest fires not disastrous but concerns remain

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 7 2019   /  12:53 am

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 to hold onto 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 archipelago from between Jan. 1...