Indonesia’s devastating forest fires in 1997/98 and 2016 destroyed between 10 and 11 million ha and 8 million hectares, respectively. In 2019, forest and land fires in the country released around 708 million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. Thousands of forest fires burn in Indonesia each year, with huge economic costs and severe impacts on human health and ecosystems.
With the support of the Japanese Government’s emergency assistance for the effective management of forest fires in the tropics, ITTO is implementing a forest fire project in collaboration with the Indonesia Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF). This fire project is taking place in the provinces of South Sumatera and Central and South Kalimantan, which are especially vulnerable to forest fire, with a comprehensive training programme for local stakeholders on agriculture waste practices, the adoption of technologies to detect and minimize fire, and improved cooperation among local community institutions.
The webinar on 25 November 2021 aims to share knowledge and practices in the design and implementation of early warning and monitoring systems, while promoting research and capacity building to prevent and combat forest fires in Southeast Asia.
Dr Ma Hwan-Ok,