Progress made in efforts to reduce fire risk: Indonesia

Peatland agency says getting villagers and local govts involved key in anti-haze fight

Peatland Restoration Agency head Nazir Foead (centre in white shirt), with other officials, inspecting a dam at a peatland drainage canal in Seponjen, South Sumatra, which was badly burned during the 2015 fires that blanketed the region in haze.
Peatland Restoration Agency head Nazir Foead (centre in white shirt), with other officials, inspecting a dam at a peatland drainage canal in Seponjen, South Sumatra, which was badly burned during the 2015 fires that blanketed the region in haze. PHOTOS: PEATLAND RESTORATION AGENCY
Villagers constructing a dam using local materials, such as wood and compacted soil, across a peatland drainage canal in Desa Seponjen in Sumatra's Jambi province. So far, the agency has worked with 262 villages across seven provinces, restoring 679,
Villagers constructing a dam using local materials, such as wood and compacted soil, across a peatland drainage canal in Desa Seponjen in Sumatra’s Jambi province. So far, the agency has worked with 262 villages across seven provinces, restoring 679,000 ha of peatlands on community lands as well as in national parks, nature reserves and other areas.PHOTOS: PEATLAND RESTORATION AGENCY

Indonesia has made significant progress in restoring flammable peatlands and reducing the fire risk for its people and neighbouring countries, says the head of a presidential agency.

Mr Nazir Foead, who heads the Peatland Restoration Agency or BRG, said his team was well on the way to achieving a 2020 target of restoring 2.5 million ha of fire-damaged, degraded peatlands across seven provinces.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 13, 2019, with the headline 'Progress made in efforts to reduce fire risk: Indonesia'. Print Edition | Subscribe