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Beyond the blaze: What next for Indonesia’s forests?

The worst of Indonesia's 2015 fires appear to be over, but work must continue to prevent another crisis in coming months.
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Work to prevent further fires in Indonesia must start now, experts say. Aulia Erlangga/CIFOR
Work to prevent further fires in Indonesia must start now, experts say. Aulia Erlangga/CIFOR

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Asia Pacific - More than 100,000 fires ravaged the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan throughout September and October 2015, producing a noxious haze that affected tens of thousands of people.

Seasonal rains began in November, but 2015/16 are El Nino years, so the threat of new fires is far from over. The problem is complex but it can be solved. Scientists from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) explain.

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This research forms part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry.
Topic(s) :   Wetlands Fire & haze Indonesian Wetlands
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