The Regional Fire Management Resource Center – South East Asia Region (RFMRC-SEA), functions as an independent regional center of competency and excellence for fire management and operates at the interface between science and informed policy development (Science-Policy Interface – SPI).

The RFMRC-SEA was established by the Faculty of Forestry Sciences, University of Bogor Indonesia, with the assistance of the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC). These two institutions have been working together in fire science and fire management since the mid-1990s at bilateral level as well as within international projects. Prof. Dr. Ir. Bambang Hero Saharjo, MSc. has been serving as coordinator of the UNISDR Regional Southeast Asia Wildland Fire Network since 2011, and which is one of 14 regional networks of the Global Wildland Fire Network. Professor Saharjo is overseeing the Center’s activities.

The Center is successively building the following capacities:

  1. Development of an internet-based information portal, which will include the science of vegetation fires and related scientific disciplines;
  2. Development of a web-based documentation and information portal on the practices that are prerequisite for the application of scientific principles in informed fire management;
  3. Creation of an interface and promotion of the dialogue between services of specialized governmental institutions and civil society organizations;
  4. Provision of advisory service for sustainable forestry & land management and relevant policies;
  5. Promotion of regional cooperation through networks, notably within the UNISDR Regional Southeast Asia Wildland Fire Network under the Global Wildland Fire Network; and Training and continuing vocational training in fire management (main task: Information, training, training and education and the promotion of human resources and institutional capacities).

The overall aim of the Center, which through its affiliation with Bogor Agricultural University will be an independent, academic entity, is to contribute to informed political decision making and the development of relevant policies for Indonesia and the neighboring countries of the Maritime Continent. The structure of a regional competence center for fire management is a measure of the decentralization of the work of the GFMC, which was established in 1998.

The work of the GFMC has been decentralizing into the regions through the establishment of Regional Fire Monitoring Centers or Regional Fire Management Resource Centers. The establishment of this Center follows the experiences of three others established in universities and led by forest fire scientists. Three prior Centers are already operating for:

  • Southeast Europe / South Caucasus based in Skopje, FYR Macedonia(est. 2010),
  • Eastern Europe based in Kiev, Ukraine(est. 2013); and for
  • Central Asia based in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (est. 2015).

The experience gained in Indonesia / SE Asia will assist in building the 5th and 6th Regional Centers for Central Eurasia based in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, and for South America (t.b.d.).


The RFMRC-SEA will serve the regional member states already established under the ASEAN structure.  The proposed ASEAN Co-ordinating Center for Transboundary Haze Pollution Control (ACC) will pursue a similar mission to the RFMC-SEA but will operate at a different level and focus on several important areas outside the foreseeable effective scope of the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution. States to be considered as being proactive in addressing fire management and related challenges include:

Brunei Darussalam

Kingdom of Cambodia

Republic of Indonesia

Lao People’s Democratic Republic


Union of Myanmar

Republic of the Philippines

Republic of Singapore

Kingdom of Thailand

Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Timor Leste

The initial establishment and scope of activities of RFMRC-SEA will be focused on Indonesia. The partners and cooperative network of the RFMRC-SEA have been voluntarily established and include:

Indonesian Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs

Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF)

Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG)

Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture (MoA)

Indonesian National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN)

Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics (BMKG)

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK)

National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB)

Indonesian Production Forest Management Unit (KPHP), MoEF

Indonesian Protection Forest Management Unit (KPHL), MoEF

Indonesian Special Crimes Unit, (National Police Headquarters)

Faculty of ForestryBogor Agriculture University (IPB – West Java)

Faculty of ForestryUniversity of Palangkaraya (UP – Central Kalimantan)

Faculty of Forestry, Universitas Papua (UNIPA – Papua Barat)

Center for Disaster Management University of Riau (UNRI – Riau)

Faculty of Forestry, University of Jambi (UNJA – Jambi)

Faculty of Agriculture, University of Sriwijaya (Palembang)

The Indonesian Conservation Community WARSI (Jambi)

Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) (West Java)

Wetland International Indonesia (Bogor – Indonesia)

German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ)

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

PT Wana Subur Lestari/HTI

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)

Departement of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Montana (Missoula – Amerika Serikat)

Chiang Mai University (Thailand)

University of Maryland Center For Environmental Science (UMCES) (Cambridge – USA)

Monash University (Australia)

Faculty of Forestry, Bogor Agricultural University

Prof. Dr. Ir. Bambang Hero Saharjo, M Agr

Director RFMRC-SEA

Professor of Forest and Land Fires the Faculty of Forestry IPB
Bogor 16001, West Java, INDONESIA
Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC)
Prof. Dr. Johann Georg Goldammer and Lindon N. Pronto, MSc
Secretariat, UNISDRA Wildland Fire Advisory Group and
International Wildfire Preparedness Mechanism (IWPM)
Max Planck Institute for Chemistry
c/o Freiburg University / United Nations University (UNU) Georges-Koehler-Allee 75D – 79110 Freiburg, GERMANY
Tel: +49-761-808011
Fax : +49-761-808012

Regional Fire Management Resource Center – Southeast Asia (RFMRC-SEA)
Robi Deslia Waldi, S.Hut
Jl. Ulin Lingkar Kampus IPB Dramaga, Gedung Biology Kehutanan BK 214 Faculty of Forestry, Bogor 16680, West Java, Indonesia
Telp : (0251) 8421929
Wattsap : +62 857 8183 95 97
E-mail: rfmrcsea.ipb@gmail.com or admin@rfmrcsea.org