In Indonesia, forest, land and peat fires are overwhelmingly driven by economic forces, as fires are the most cost-effective means of land clearing. Illegal land transactions assist in speeding such processes, with fires an important tool in clearing land to prepare areas for plantation crops as mechanized land clearing exists, but with prohibitive costs.
There are a number of laws, regulations and policies prohibiting the use of fire and the development of plantations on peatlands, but patronage, unclear spatial plans and fragile civil society participation in decision-making hinder their effectiveness.
There is a sense of urgency among governments to address fires on the peatlands of Sumatra, Kalimantan and Papua. This is demonstrated by targets set by President Joko Widodo, and Indonesia’s ratification of the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution in September 2014. At the same time, the private sector is taking initiative to address fires.
To obtain multi stakeholder perspectives on how the implementation of laws and best practices can reduce fires and haze, CIFOR in collaboration with University of Riau conduct one-day national policy dialogue, to share lesson learned the role of local laws (PERDA) to strengthen national laws, among others.
For more information, please contact Meutia Isty (CIFOR-FireHaze@cgiar.org),
Tel: 0812 9539 8851.
*Simultaneous translation service available during the event.
Download Outcome Statement
- Fire economy and actor network of forest and land fires in Indonesia
- Indonesia’s Peatland Fires and Toxic Haze: media discourses across scales of governance
- Indonesian peatland fires: Perceptions of solutions
- The Political economy of fire and Haze in Indonesia
- Regional air quality impacts of future fire emissions in Sumatra and Kalimantan
- From perceptions and discourses to policy content: A mixed method analysis of peatland fire management in Indonesia
- Heightened fire probability in Indonesia in non-drought conditions: the effect of increasing temperatures
- Overlapping land claims limit the use of satellites to monitor No-Deforestation commitments and No-Burning compliance
- Atmospheric CH4 and CO2 enhancements and biomass burning emission ratios derived from satellite observations of the 2015 Indonesian fire plumes