Easier to prevent forest fires now, says top official in Indonesia's Riau province

The loss of forest cover in the country between 2019 and 2020 was 115,460 hectares.
The loss of forest cover in the country between 2019 and 2020 was 115,460 hectares.PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA - Preventing forest fires in Riau has become easier, according to a top official in the Indonesian province.

"Doing slash-and-burn practically no longer crosses their mind," said Mr Edwar Sanger, an adviser to the Riau governor on disaster management and fire occurrence, referring to the decades-long method adopted by farmers and illegal squatters to clear land to make way for new planting.

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