Q&A on fires and haze in Southeast Asia

Complex socioeconomic, ecological and governance factors are involved in fire setting, meaning that the problem – and the solutions – go beyond who actually lights the match. CIFOR/Rini Sulaiman, Norwegian Embassy

Complex socioeconomic, ecological and governance factors are involved in fire setting, meaning that the problem – and the solutions – go beyond who actually lights the match. CIFOR/Rini Sulaiman, Norwegian Embassy

Fires in forests and former forest lands occur in Indonesia in the dry season every year, particularly in the provinces of Riau, West Kalimantan, Jambi and Central Kalimantan. The haze that spreads to other countries is mostly caused by fires on peatland.

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.

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