In Indonesia, uncontrolled and unmanaged burning practices have become a serious problem because these activities have in the past caused and continue to cause catastrophic fires that disrupt human health, transportation, environment, and other daily activities. These problems should be addressed with integrated measures and approaches. Since human activities have become a main factor in forest and land fire in Indonesia, effective involvement of local community is fundamental and capacity building programmes for the forest and land fire brigades is critical for the prevention and reduction of forest and land fires in the field.
The objective of this project is to reduce the occurrence of forest and land fires in targeted areas by strengthening capacity building in forest and land fire management and zero burning practices and by increasing prevention activities with technology improvements and development of practical guidelines. The project has three outputs: (1) Best agricultural practices applied; (2) Strengthened management capacity to address forest and land fires problems and (3) Forest and land fire prevention actions increased and cooperation strengthened among local institutions, the private sector and communities for forest fire prevention.
The expected outcomes after the project completion are : Fire Care Community (Masyarakat Peduli Api) groups become the agents of change in forest and land fire prevention through best agriculture practices/ sustainable agricultural and silvicultural management in their neighborhoods and implementing zero burning practices; performance of the Forest and Land Fire Brigade (Manggala Agni) and government officials on forest and land management will be improved and they respond effectively to forest and land fires; and participation of all stakeholders in forest and land fire prevention will increase with improved coordination and communications related forest and land fire issues.
In order to achieve these outcomes, the project will conduct a series of training for Forest and Land Fire Brigades (Manggala Agni), Fire Care Community (MPA) and government officials. Integrated prevention patrols will also take place in the fire prone villages. The project will be implemented in coordination with stakeholders and representatives of Regional Climate Change and Forest and Land Fire Agency in Kalimantan and Sumatera.