Indonesia burning: CIFOR expert on haze crisis

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While Indonesia has taken important steps to ban the use of large-scale fire to clear land, the current haze issues highlight a need to better implement laws to penalize the misuse of fire, said Peter Kanowski, Deputy Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research.

The recurrence of fire and transboundary haze remains a problem and a symptom of complex governance issues in Indonesia, he said.

A national regulation implemented in 2001 bans companies from using fire in large-scale plantation conversion.

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