Summit to hold timely learning event on peat land fires

Haze from the forest fires blanket most parts of the landscape, Riau, Sumatra. Aulia Erlangga, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

Haze from the forest fires blanket most parts of the landscape, Riau, Sumatra. Aulia Erlangga, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

A fire-induced haze continues to linger over Indonesia’s Riau province causing health, environmental and business concerns across Southeast Asia. CIFOR scientist David Gaveau will lead a learning session on the first day of the Summit to share critical information on peat land fires that Asia’s political and business leaders need to know.

The smog that choked much of Riau province and spread to neighboring Malaysia less than a month ago highlights the urgency for better understanding of the causes and impacts of peat land fires. The issue crosses countries, businesses, policies and sectors, thereby demanding that solutions consider all perspectives by taking a landscapes approach. Up-to-date knowledge of underlying causes and impacts are critical for finding these cross-sectoral and trans-boundary solutions.

In the learning event, Gaveau and his partners will cover the difference in fire regimes in wet versus dry years, the role of conflict over land ownership, the health impacts of haze, and Singapore’s trans-boundary haze bill.

Read more about the learning event here.

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