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  Territory FM Morning Program
15 August, 2005
Fires in Indonesia
Territory FM Radio presenter, Daryl Manzies, interviews CIFOR’s Greg Clough on the causes of recent fires in Indonesia and the resulting state of emergency in Malaysia.  

 


  The Standard - China Business Newspaper
August 15, 2005
Indonesia fires fueled by poverty
by Irwan Firdaus
Poverty, profits and old farming traditions combined to spark massive Indonesian fires that have choked parts of Malaysia with noxious haze, in what officials describe as Southeast Asia's worst ecological crisis in years.  

 


  Mongabay.com
April 24, 2005
Amazon rain forest continues to fall; 200,000 square miles gone since 1978. Forest loss may worsen as Brazil seeks to expand agricultural production and fires threaten stressed ecosystem
by Rhett Butler
In 2004 at least 8,920 square miles (23,037 sq km) of rainforest were cleared in the Brazilian Amazon. That's almost 25 square miles (63 sq. kilometers) of forest lost per day and over 203,000 square miles (527,000 square kilometers) since 1978.  Worse, studies from NASA suggest that these estimates of Amazon deforestation may capture less than half of the area degraded each year by logging and accidental fire. Why is the Amazon still disappearing at these high rates?  

 


  Science Magazine (Editors' choice in science)
February 11, 2005
ECOLOGY/EVOLUTION
A Forest Sere
Tropical rainforests, despite their locations, can suffer from drought, and during severe droughts, a rainforest can even become susceptible to fire. Evidence of past forest fires, in the form of charcoal deposits, can be found in many parts of the humid tropics, but there has been little documentation of the effects of such catastrophic disturbances on the ecology of tree species.  

 


  RADAR TARAKAN
July 13, 2004
Awas kebakaran hutan
Untuk menghindari adanya kebakaran hutan dan lahan di Malinau khususnya menghadapi musim kemarau tahun ini, Pemkab Malinau diminta menyiapkan upaya preventif untuk mencegahnya. Demikian dikatakan Kresno D Santoso salah seorang peneliti Malinau Research Forest (MRF) Centre for International Forestry Research (Cifor) kepada KPNN kemarin  

 


  The Straits Times
June 24, 2004
INTERACTIVE
Indonesians pay heavy price for illegal fires
JAKARTA - The thick haze from illegal fires raging out of control in Sumatra is making life miserable for thousands of residents, and there is no relief in sight. Health clinics and hospitals on the island reported dramatic increases in the number of patients seeking treatment for respiratory problems.  

 


  The Jakarta Post
June 24, 2004
Pekanbaru/Jambi/Medan/Jakarta
Govt awaits rain to disperse haze
Haze from cropland and forest fires was spreading on Wednesday to other parts of Sumatra and Kalimantan, and had begun to blanket Singapore and Malaysia, delaying more flights in Riau province and forcing local motorists to wear masks.  

 


  SINAR HARAPAN
June 23, 2004
TAJUK RENCANA
Kebakaran hutan, mengapa selalu berulang?
KEBAKARAN hutan seharusnya menjadi sebuah peristiwa yang tidak perlu. Namun kejadian ini selalu berulang, seolah ia merupakan peristiwa yang tidak bisa ditanggulangi atau diminimalisir. Tentu saja hal tersebut sangat menggemaskan karena sebagian kejadian itu menunjukkan sikap yang menganggap enteng, tidak responsif, tak mau belajar, dan mungkin juga lantaran tak ada kekompakan diantara berbagai instansi yang seharusnya berwenang terhadap masalah ini, selain ada kesengajaan oleh dunia usaha.  

 


  SUARA PEMBARUAN
December 19, 2003
Merugikan, pengelolaan lahan gambut dengan pembakaran
Pengelolalan lahan dengan cara pembakaran atas tujuh juta hektare lahan gambut di Sumatera oleh masyarakat atau perusahaan perkebunan, dikhawatirkan akan mendatangkan penderitaan bagi masyarakat. Cara itu akan menyebabkan timbulnya kabut asap yang meluas.  

 


  SINAR HARAPAN
December 17, 2003
Serangan El Nino mengancam
kebakaran hutan kembali di depan mata
JAKARTA - Sedia payung sebelum hujan. Agaknya pepatah klasik itu patut mengemuka saat ini menyusul kemungkinan serangan El Nino pada pertengahan 2004 mendatang di wilayah Indonesia. Bukan tidak mungkin, serangan El Nino itu dapat memicu kebakaran hutan seperti yang terjadi beberapa tahun silam.  

 


  Media Indonesia
December 17, 2003
Disiapkan 72 regu untuk atasi kebakaran hutan
Departemen Kehutanan (Dephut) telah menyiapkan 72 Brigade Kebakaran Hutan untuk menangani kebakaran hutan pada 2004 di lima provinsi yaitu Sumatra Selatan, Riau, Jambi, Kalimantan Tengah, dan Kalimantan Barat. Satu brigade/regu dianggarkan dana Rp100 juta/tahun.  

 


  RRI national news service, Jakarta (national wide range broadcasting, over Indonesia area)
December 16, 2003, 20:00hrs
KEBAKARAN HUTAN (Antisipasi terhadap El Nino 2004)

Dalam upaya memecahkan permasalahan kebakaran hutan, khususnya sebagai antisipasi terhadap kemungkinan munculnya El Nino tahun 2004, di Jakarta, hari ini diselenggarakan lokakarya nasional kebakaran hutan di Indonesia: Dampak, Isu Utama dan Kebijakan Menanggapinya.

 

 


  SINAR HARAPAN
December 15, 2003
Semiloka kebakaran lahan gambut
Datangnya musim kering, kembalinya kebakaran
Saat ini, sedikitnya tujuh juta hektare (ha) lahan basah atau gambut yang terdapat di Sumatra dalam kondisi yang sangat memprihatinkan akibat pembakaran dan pembukaan lahan baru. Padahal, hutan gambut di Sumatra merupakan 40% dari keseluruhan hutan gambut di Indonesia yang saat ini berkisar 17 juta ha. Artinya, lahan gambut yang ada di Sumatera saat ini hanya 1 juta -hingga 2 juta ha saja yang kondisinya masih baik.  

 


  KORAN TEMPO
Desember 11 2003
Seven million hectares of peatlands in Sumatera under threat
(translation) At least seven million hectares of wet and peatlands in Sumatera, from a total of 27 million hectares across Indonesia, are cause for considerable concern due to the possible impact of land burning practices and the opening up of new lands. This was the view expressed by Daniel Murdiyarso, a researcher with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), at a workshop on peatland fires held in Palembang yesterday (10/12).  

 


  RRI, Palembang National news, broadcast within Indonesia
Desember 10-11 2003
Disiapkan 72 regu untuk atasi kebakaran hutan
Kebakaran lahan gambut dan masalah kabut asap di Sumatra
Masalah kebakaran hutan dan lahan di Indonesia semakin meningkat dalam dasawarsa terakhir ini. Musibah tersebut jelas menimbulkan masalah lingkungan hidup, social dan ekonomi baik di Indonesia maupun negara tetangga. Demikian dalam paparan Semiloka kebakaran gambut di Palembang 10 hingga 11 Desember 2003 yang disampaikan Dr. Suyanto dari ICRAF.  

 


 

KOMPAS
June 29, 2003
Kebakaran hutan dan lahan membara oleh api politik

MENJELANG kemarau awal Juni 2003, Paijan (62) dan Lilik (36), warga Sungairaya Dalam, Kabupaten Pontianak, Kalimantan Barat, sudah menyiapkan lahannya seluas lima hektar untuk ditanami kacang tanah. Alang-alang tinggi yang tumbuh di lahan gambut itu harus dibakar habis sebab tidak mungkin dicangkul atau dibabat menggunakan pemotong. Selain boros tenaga dan waktu, petani ini tidak memiliki dana untuk membersihkan lahan itu secara mekanik.  

 


  SINAR HARAPAN (English)
April 23, 2003
Indonesian forest fires: Like trying to measure smoke
"Fires are like other things in that when they happen, everybody is concerned, if they don’t, nobody remembers them." These are the words of David Kaimowitz. Luca Tacconi mirrored these exact same words in a separate interview. Both of them are from the same organization; the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). David Kaimowitz is the director general of CIFOR, while Luca Tacconi is a researcher who has published a report on the forest fires in Indonesia. The uniformity of these words ought to be imitated by the Indonesian government.  

 


  LAKSAMANA NET
March 12, 2003
Peat Land Management Key to Fires: CIFOR
Laksamana.Net - Coinciding with the outbreak of new fires around Pontianak in West Kalimantan and Pekanbaru, Riau, a new European Commission-funded report argues better management of peat lands will help eliminate the major cause of smoke and haze in Indonesia. Author of the report, Dr. Luca Tacconi of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), says the fires are a stark reminder that governments, industry and the broader community are yet to fully address the underlying causes of smoke haze in Indonesia.  

 


  JAKARTA POST
March 11, 2003 (online)
Poor peat land management is main cause of annual forest fires: CIFOR
The main cause of Indonesia's annual forest fires that blanket the archipelago and its neighbours in haze is poor peat land management, a report issued by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) said on Tuesday.  

 


  KANG GURU RADIO
December 2002
Visit the the Kang Guru web site to read excerpts from a radio interview with CIFOR Director General, David Kaimowitz, and to learn more about CIFOR's research in to the causes of forest fires in Indonesia.
Forest fires have been big news in Indonesia for many years. The smoke and environmental destruction caused by these fires has hit the headlines in newspapers and on television throughout Asia as well. It is a huge problem that requires serious attention. BIOMA, a local NGO based in Samarinda has been working together with villagers from 12 ethnic groups in community-based forest management and control programs. They have been investigating how traditional methods of fire fighting can be used to lessen the threat of such fires in future and help cope with outbreaks of fire if they occur.  

 


  JAKARTA POST
September 13, 2002
Fires: Stop blaming others, just start acting!
Each year, from February to March and August to October, the haze that disrupts social and economic activities in Indonesia also brings with it conflicting accusations of blame. The game of allocating blame for, the fires that cause haze repeats itself as regularly as the fires themselves.  

 


 

JAKARTA POST
August 3, 2002
Indonesia feels the heat

No sooner had the ink dried on the ASEAN Regional Haze Agreement last June when meteorologists announced El Niño was already well under way. It seems Indonesia and its neighbors are in for another six months of fires and smoke costing millions of dollars in economic losses, health costs and environmental damage. While the approaching El Niño is not expected to spark anything like the conflagration of 1997-1998, fires have already started in Kalimantan and Sumatra. People in Pontianak, West Kalimantan are beginning to don face masks while in southern Thailand residents are being advised on safety measures.  

 


  NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC NEWS
December 03, 2001
Study links logging with severity of forest fires
Researchers have confirmed a long-suspected link between logging and the devastation of forest fires in tropical rain forests. Forest fires that ripped through East Kalimantan, Indonesia, in 1998 burned more than 12 million acres (5 million hectares). The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), based in Bogor, Indonesia, estimated that the economic loss to Indonesia exceeded U.S. $9 billion and that carbon emissions were high enough to make the country one of the largest polluters in the world.  

 


  KOMPAS
August 3, 2001
Penanganan kebakaran hutan belum menyentuh akar masalah
Bogor, Kompas - Kebakaran lahan dan hutan di Indonesia selama tahun 1997-1998 yang menyebabkan kerusakan ekonomi senilai lebih dari 9 milyar dollar AS, bisa terulang. Sebab, kekeringan dan ancaman El Nino pada tahun 2001 ini tidak diimbangi dengan upaya penanganan kebakaran hutan yang baik. Pencegahan kebakaran lahan/hutan belum menyentuh akar permasalahan.  

 


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