Summit to focus on haze crisis

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

(February 13, 2014) _ With smog once again blanketing parts of Indonesia’s Riau province, the organizers of the Forests Asia Summit announced that a special briefing will be held at the event on the haze crisis.

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), which is the lead organizer of the Summit, and partners have embarked on a multi-stakeholder initiative that seeks to mitigate future fires and address underlying causes and impacts.

To this end, a workshop was held 29 January 2014 in Jakarta to better understand the causes of fires and to quantify the impacts of haze on human health, the atmosphere, the global climate, and the economy.

For further information on CIFOR’s haze research, visit: http://blog.cifor.org/fire/