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Permanent solution to tackle haze-causing fires being tested
July 3, 2020

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JAKARTA (FORESTHINTS.NEWS) - Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya is focused on ensuring that all efforts devoted to fighting forest and land fires are aimed at finding a permanent solution to this matter, as ordered by President Joko Widodo. 

According to the minister, we are all aware of the historical evidence underlying the existing complexities found in many fire-prone landscapes. This includes permits, investment levels, spatial plans and other complicated issues.

However, she continued, the Widodo administration has no choice but to deal with these existing complexities to formulate a solid permanent solution. 

“In fact, a solid permanent solution for tackling forest and land fires has already been developed at certain levels and is being tested this year,” said the minister.

These were among the matters conveyed by Minister Nurbaya in a special discussion after the completion of a coordinating meeting chaired by Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud MD at the ministry building (Jul 2) in anticipation of this year’s haze-causing fires.

The following photos were taken from the ministry’s sipongi twitter account which is dedicated to providing updates on efforts and evidence related to forest and land fires. They documented ground patrols in South Sumatra’s Padang Sugihan landscape, one of 2019’s serious fire spots.



Test cases

Minister Nurbaya explained that the permanent solution for handling the fires would be gradually established based on test cases, and all the evidence associated with them, that have been underway for the past five years.

"Relevant test cases have been painstakingly carried out in an effort to formulate an appropriate solid permanent solution involving law enforcement actions, regulatory reforms and other technical measures," said the minister.

“However, the reactions that arise from these test cases also vary. These must be addressed seriously even though they are often not easy for us to deal with.This includes court battles with some companies,” she added.

“A solid permanent solution must of course be based on these test cases and the reactions to them. This is what we’ve prepared for testing this year,” Minister Nurbaya explained. 

In early February this year, President Widodo instructed that permanent solution-oriented efforts be undertaken to tackle haze-causing fires.

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the President also gave a recent reminder (Jun 23) to anticipate this year's fires which are likely to proliferate at the peak of Indonesia's dry season in August.



TAGS: FOREST AND LAND FIRES , PEATLAND , FIRE SPOTS

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POLICY

Permanent solution to tackle haze-causing fires being tested
July 3, 2020

facebookfinal.png wafinal.png twitterfinal.png emailfinal.png

JAKARTA (FORESTHINTS.NEWS) - Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya is focused on ensuring that all efforts devoted to fighting forest and land fires are aimed at finding a permanent solution to this matter, as ordered by President Joko Widodo. 

According to the minister, we are all aware of the historical evidence underlying the existing complexities found in many fire-prone landscapes. This includes permits, investment levels, spatial plans and other complicated issues.

However, she continued, the Widodo administration has no choice but to deal with these existing complexities to formulate a solid permanent solution. 

“In fact, a solid permanent solution for tackling forest and land fires has already been developed at certain levels and is being tested this year,” said the minister.

These were among the matters conveyed by Minister Nurbaya in a special discussion after the completion of a coordinating meeting chaired by Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud MD at the ministry building (Jul 2) in anticipation of this year’s haze-causing fires.

The following photos were taken from the ministry’s sipongi twitter account which is dedicated to providing updates on efforts and evidence related to forest and land fires. They documented ground patrols in South Sumatra’s Padang Sugihan landscape, one of 2019’s serious fire spots.



Test cases

Minister Nurbaya explained that the permanent solution for handling the fires would be gradually established based on test cases, and all the evidence associated with them, that have been underway for the past five years.

"Relevant test cases have been painstakingly carried out in an effort to formulate an appropriate solid permanent solution involving law enforcement actions, regulatory reforms and other technical measures," said the minister.

“However, the reactions that arise from these test cases also vary. These must be addressed seriously even though they are often not easy for us to deal with.This includes court battles with some companies,” she added.

“A solid permanent solution must of course be based on these test cases and the reactions to them. This is what we’ve prepared for testing this year,” Minister Nurbaya explained. 

In early February this year, President Widodo instructed that permanent solution-oriented efforts be undertaken to tackle haze-causing fires.

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the President also gave a recent reminder (Jun 23) to anticipate this year's fires which are likely to proliferate at the peak of Indonesia's dry season in August.


TAGS: FOREST AND LAND FIRES , PEATLAND , FIRE SPOTS

RELATED STORIES