Fires in forests and former forestlands occur in Indonesia in the dry season every year – particularly in the provinces of Riau and Jambi on the island of Sumatra, and West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan on the island of Borneo.

However, the haze that spreads to other countries is no longer restricted to drought years, and has become increasingly frequent due to ongoing deforestation of peatlands in Indonesia.

Fires begin and spread for many reasons, so it is misleading to think of “fires” as the problem — or even as a single problem. Complex socioeconomic, ecological and governance factors are involved, meaning that the problem — and the solutions — go beyond who actually lights the match.

Project news

  • New student joins CIFOR research team to understand media discourses in coverage of peatland fires and haze

    Honors student Laura Jacob-Porters (University of Melbourne) joins CIFOR post-doctoral fellow Rachel Carmenta at CIFOR to conduct research into the media coverage of the fire and haze events in Riau,

  • New research on the diversity and performance of fire management interventions: First scoping trip

    In the middle of June 2016, CIFOR post-doctoral researcher Rachel Carmenta, Willy Daeli (CIFOR) and Jacob Phelps (Lancaster University) visited Riau province in Indonesia to scope new research field sites.

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