Indonesia is one of the only countries actually reducing its deforestation rates. But with the annual fires season beginning and El Niño promising fire-prone conditions, the country’s forest protection policies will be put to the test.
Indonesia Forest Fires
Nearly all forest fires in Indonesia are human-caused. New data reveals where they've ignited over the past 15 years, shedding light on how to squelch the problem.
The number of fires burning in Indonesia's forests is 75 percent lower this year than the same time in 2015. Weather and policy changes could be responsible.
The new Fire Risk Map on Global Forest Watch shows where dry conditions increase fire risk in Indonesia and Malaysia. The tool can help decision-makers take action to prevent forest fires before they ignite.
Fires from this year alone have tripled Indonesia's annual emissions.
Indonesia's fires are truly out of control, with huge repercussions for the economy, climate and public health. It's a topic that should be high on the agenda when President Obama and Indonesia President Joko Widodo meet this week.
More than half the fires are burning on peatlands, which hold some of the highest quantities of carbon on Earth.
Kebakaran di Indonesia terus menghasilkan asap dan kabut di seluruh wilayah, dengan polusi udara mencapai level yang sangat berbahaya dalam semalam di Singapura. Sejak pukul 5 pagi pada tanggal 25 September, level polutan negara tersebut merupakan yang tertinggi dari yang pernah diukur hingga tahun 2015. Pada level ini, seluruh masyarakat cenderung terkena dampak negatif, dan para pihak yang berwenang telah menutup semua sekolah dasar dan menengah hingga situasi menjadi lebih baik.
Land and forest fires in Indonesia continue to cause smog and haze across the region, with air pollutants reaching hazardous levels overnight in Singapore. Indonesia's fires have reached their highest point in at least three years, with more than 13,000 fire alerts in the last week alone.
The land and forest fires burning across Indonesia spiked to historic highs this month, with officials across the country pledging to investigate the perpetrators. A new campaign from Tomnod and WRI’s Global Forest Watch platform allows people everywhere to aid in the investigation.