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Indonesia on fire

Join scientists as they visit the burning peatland in Central Kalimantan and describe the causes and effects.
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Firefighters fight fire outside Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan. Aulia Erlangga/ CIFOR
Firefighters fight fire outside Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan. Aulia Erlangga/ CIFOR

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Indonesia - In Indonesia’s Central Kalimantan province, the peat areas are burning and emitting a toxic smoke causing untold damage to the environment, wildlife and human health.

Most of the fires in Central Kalimantan are blazing in former peatland forests, which have been drained, cleared and burned for oil palm and agriculture, large and small. The dried-out peat ignites easily, burns underground and creeps under the surface.

Experts from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) travel to the heart of the fires to see the situation with their own eyes and measure the extent of the impact.

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This research forms part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry.
This research was supported by the UK Department for International Development, through the KnowFor project, and USAID.
Topic(s) :   Wetlands Fire & haze Indonesian Wetlands
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