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Empat provinsi darurat kebakaran hutan di tengah ancaman Presiden Jokowi

Empat provinsi darurat kebakaran hutan di tengah ancaman Presiden Jokowi

Pada 6 Februari lalu, Presiden Joko Widodo mengancam akan mencopot jajaran TNI dan kepolisian yang tidak bisa menangani kebakaran hutan dan lahan. Presiden pertama kali mengeluarkan ancaman seperti itu pada 2016 lalu dan kini mengeluarkan ancaman serupa menjelang perhelatan Asian Games bulan Agustus, bertepatan dengan puncak musim kemarau di Indonesia.

“Jadi saya ulang lagi aturan mainnya. Kalau di wilayah saudara ada kebakaran dan tidak tertantangani dengan baik, aturannya masih sama: dicopot,” tegas Presiden Jokowi.

Peneliti dari Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) Herry Purnomo mengungkapkan bahwa gertakan presiden ini cukup terbukti efektif menurunkan kebakaran hutan selama beberapa tahun terakhir -meski hingga kini belum terbukti ada jajaran TNI dan polri yang dicopot.


Regional summit to focus on Paris Agreement

Regional summit to focus on Paris Agreement

THE 2018 Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit (APRS) will be focused on enhancing the efforts by countries in the region to achieve commitments under the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The Indonesian government with the support of the Australian government, and in partnership with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) will host APRS in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from April 23 to 25. A statement by CIFOR yesterday said the event will bring together government, business, civil society and the research community to generate practical action on forest conservation and to help achieve sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region.


How local elections could ruin Asian Games in Palembang

How local elections could ruin Asian Games in Palembang

Riau and South Sumatra were the most affected by recent forest and land fires on Sumatra. This year, the two provinces and some municipalities and regencies within them are set to elect new leaders. The problem is that law enforcement against the people responsible for forest fires will be compromised during regional elections, said Herry Purnomo, a Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) scientist. This was the conclusion he made based on a study he conducted with fellow CIFOR researchers in 2015.

“Regional leaders tend to ease law enforcement against perpetrators who happen to be their constituents in order to secure votes in the election,” said Herry, who is also a professor at the Bogor Agricultural University (IPB).

The study found that the occurrence of major forest and land fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan, two islands rich with peat swamp forests prone to fire, during the 2000-2015 period, had coincided with regional elections in the two areas. “This is my foremost worry,” Herry said, referring to the potential for lax control over those who start fires during ahead of and during the regional elections. In general, people have become more knowledgeable about fire prevention, especially by not clearing land for agricultural purposes by setting fire to it. Smallholders have begun complying with regulations, while big companies have started to meet their sustainability obligations as they fear having their business permits revoked. However, Herry said the stern approach had less of an influence on another group of culprits: middle-scale farmers, who can be found across Sumatra, including in South Sumatra.


Conference explores complexities in forestry

Conference explores complexities in forestry

Organized by about 20 students in the Yale chapter of the International Society of Tropical Foresters, this year’s event was the 24th annual ISTF conference. The forum — centered this year on the theme “Attending to Socio-ecological Complexity in Tropical Forest Landscapes” — fostered discussions about the different ecosystems, sociopolitical regimes and stakeholder perspectives within each tropical forest region. While Friday’s talks were more theoretical, Saturday’s speakers emphasized the tools, techniques, and skills that could be used to help understand and address the socio-ecological complexity of tropical forests, Miller said. Manuel Guariguata from the Center for International Forestry Research, Eleanor Sterling FES ’93 from the American Museum of Natural History, and Richard Peterson from the University of New England and Souza spoke about their perspectives working in tropical forests in Saturday’s morning plenary panel.


Borneo Has Lost 100,000 Orangutans Since 1999

Borneo Has Lost 100,000 Orangutans Since 1999

Deforestation on the island is stark. Borneo “has the largest deforestation rates in the world, with an average 350,000 ha cleared every year between 2001 and 2016,” according to the Center for International Forestry Research. Click here for a map from the CIFOR where you can see how the landscape has changed.


Petani kopi Gayo Aceh keluhkan panen menurun ‘akibat perubahan iklim’

Petani kopi Gayo Aceh keluhkan panen menurun ‘akibat perubahan iklim’

Lembaga riset lingkungan hidup CIFOR (Center for International Forestry Research) menemukan bahwa pada tahun 2050 jumlah lahan untuk tanaman kopi arabica akan berkurang hingga 80%.

“Area yang sekarang cocok untuk kopi, tidak akan cocok lagi. Misalnya di tahun 2050, area yang cocok untuk ditanami kopi akan berkurang sebanyak 73% hingga 88%. Jadi kita akan kehilangan sekitar 80% lahan yang saat ini cocok untuk kopi,” ungkap Direktur Jenderal CIFOR, Robert Nasi.

“Ada dua solusi: Pertama, Anda membiakkan kopi dengan perbaikan genetis untuk dapat bertahan dengan kondisi yang baru, sehingga dapat beradaptasi dengan kondisi iklim yang baru,” kata Robert Nasi dari CIFOR.

“Atau anda menemukan area lain untuk menanam kopi namun masalahnya data yang tersedia untuk itu masih sangat sedikit.”


Rewetting the Swamp: Indonesia’s Bold Plan

Rewetting the Swamp: Indonesia’s Bold Plan

Researchers are eager to find high-value crops that could help pay for the cost of restoration. Biofuel crops, the focus of field research conducted by the Bogor, Indonesia–based Center for International Forestry Research, are one option. Species such as an evergreen laurel (Calophyllum inophyllum) or the legume tree (Pongamia pinnataare promising for biofuels, the latter even as aviation fuel, says Himlal Baral, a scientist at the center.

There are additional concerns. It is unclear what kind of machinery could be used to plant and harvest crops on a large scale; the heavy equipment used in traditional agriculture will simply get stuck in the muck. Researchers are exploring how to reduce machine weight as well as the number of trips necessary to harvest soggy ground.


Ancaman Jokowi mencopot jajaran TNI dan polisi: efektifkah mengatasi kebakaran hutan?

Ancaman Jokowi mencopot jajaran TNI dan polisi: efektifkah mengatasi kebakaran hutan?

Ancaman Presiden Joko Widodo untuk mencopot jajaran TNI dan kepolisian yang tidak bisa menangani kebakaran hutan dan lahan dinilai efektif mengatasi masalah tahunan itu. Presiden pertama kali mengeluarkan ancaman seperti itu pada 2016 lalu dan kini mengeluarkan ancaman serupa menjelang perhelatan Asian Games bulan Agustus, bertepatan dengan puncak musim kemarau di Indonesia. Peneliti dari Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) Herry Purnomo mengungkapkan bahwa gertakan presiden ini cukup terbukti efektif menurunkan kebakaran hutan selama beberapa tahun terakhir -meski hingga kini belum terbukti ada jajaran TNI dan polri yang dicopot. “Tapi ancaman itu kena ke tentara dan polisi. Jabatan kan penting bagi mereka, mereka tidak ingin daerahnya dan jabatannya hilang. Terus terang itu efektif, cukup oke lah untuk menggertak,” ujar Herry kepada BBC Indonesia, Rabu (07/02).



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