How to better manage forests and farms? Start talking

Aerial shoot of landscape around Halimun Salak National Park, West Java, Indonesia. Photo by Kate Evans/CIFOR.

Aerial shoot of landscape around Halimun Salak National Park, West Java, Indonesia. Photo by Kate Evans/CIFOR.

This article was originally published in the 24 April edition of The Jakarta Globe.

The persistent, high-impact and high-profile haze problem in Riau has been a salutary reminder of how difficult it can be to manage landscapes once some “tipping points” have been passed. The adage about closing the stable door after the horse has bolted comes to mind. But recent issues in Riau are only one example of many worldwide — think of the history of conflicts over land use in the Amazon, or the so-called “land grabbing” for agricultural expansion in Africa.

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