International Workshop on National Guidelines on the Protection of Forests Against Fire

As a consequence of the fires and smoke pollution in Indonesia between 1982 and 1994 a cooperation agreement was made to develop a project “Integrated Forest fire Management in Indonesia Phase I: National Guidelines on the Protection of Forests against Fires”. The cooperation agreement between the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC), the Directorate General of Forest protection and Nature Conservation, Ministry of Forestry, and the Faculty of Forestry, Bogor University of Agricultural Sciences, was signed on 21 October 1996.

The project staff, in close cooperation with numerous national partners as members in the Expert Panel and Technical Review Teams, prepared a draft of the “National Guidelines on the Protection of Forests against Fires”.

This project is the first following the suggestions of ITTO to fine-tune the ITTO Guidelines on Fire Management in Tropical Forests which have been released in 1997 (see report in International Forest Fire News No.17 [August 1997], pp.29-32).

The draft guidelines were presented and discussed at the International Workshop “National Guidelines on the Protection of Forests Against Fire” in Bogor, Indonesia, 8-9 December 1997. The following Closing Statement of the Workshop, which also contains information on the organizers and participants, was adopted by the participants. The final version of the National Guidelines are in preparation on the basis of recommendations from the workshop.

Johann G. Goldammer, Editor IFFN


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Indonesia assures ASEAN neighbours a haze-free 2017

Indonesia assures ASEAN neighbours a haze-free 2017


Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – Indonesia has assured that there will be no transboundary haze problems plaguing Southeast Asia’s skyline this year, said Indonesian Environment and Forestry Ministry advisor Arief Yuwono.

Speaking at the 19th Technical Working Group and Sub-Regional Ministerial Steering Committee on Transboundary Haze Pollution in Kuala Lumpur on May 18, he said that the prediction was based on 2016’s record as the year saw almost zero recurrence of haze.

Singapore reported only one day of haze while Malaysia, three days, he said, noting that in 2017, Indonesia already made observation and comparison to the previous year.

Arief Yuwono added that with a weaker El Nino and the system already activated on the ground, Indonesia anticipates that the country can repeat its performance in 2016.

Indonesia has also successfully implemented stringent measures to curb forest fires following complaints from its neighbouring countries in 2015.

At the meeting, representatives from Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand and Singapore said these countries stay ready to help Indonesia cope with emergencies if requested, and reaffirmed their commitment to working towards a Haze Free ASEAN by 2020.-VNA


Ministry orders expanded forest-fire protection in dry season

Ministry orders expanded forest-fire protection in dry season


HCM City (VNA) – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has instructed the People’s Committees of all provinces and cities to increase forest-fire protection and to make it a main task during the dry season.

Temperatures in the first half of the year are expected to be higher than the average of previous years, and rainfall will be 10 or 20 percent lower compared to the average of previous years, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting and the ministry’s Department of Forest Protection.

In the next few months, many places in the country are expected to remain dry, increasing the risk of forest fires, especially in the northwest, Central Highlands, and south-central and southern provinces.

Forest fires have occurred in northern provinces this year, causing great damage to forests and threatening residents’ property and lives.

The ministry has asked all People’s Committees to instruct agencies such as forest rangers, police and military forces to cooperate in forest-fire protection.

Agencies should be prepared with specific plans, equipment and forces to ensure timely action when forest fires occur, the ministry said.-VNA