Credible data key to Indonesia’s efforts to solve forest fire, emissions challenges

Research by the Center for International Forestry Research into the 2013 Sumatra fires has indicated that nearly a quarter burned in industrial oil palm and acacia plantations, and very few took place in natural forests. Picture Credit: NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response, NASA Earth Observatory

Research by the Center for International Forestry Research into the 2013 Sumatra fires has indicated that nearly a quarter burned in industrial oil palm and acacia plantations, and very few took place in natural forests. Picture Credit: NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response, NASA Earth Observatory

WARSAW, Poland (5 December 2013) — Accurate information on the causes of wildfires and the amount of carbon emissions they produce is critical if Indonesia is to meet its emissions reductions targets, said experts at an event on the sidelines of the U.N. climate change meetings in Warsaw, Poland.

Earlier this year, fires swept across parts of the Indonesian island of Sumatra — sending smoke billowing across the narrow Strait of Malacca and causing record-breaking air pollution levels in Singapore and Malaysia.

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