Regional Fire Management Resource Center South East Asia (RFMRC-SEA) Meeting, Bogor, 7 June 2018

Regional Fire Management Resource Center South East Asia (RFMRC-SEA) Meeting, Bogor, 7 June 2018

By: Bambang Hero Saharjo

The second-day activities of Round Table Meeting and Consultation “Enhancing Regional Cooperation on Fire Management in South East Asia”, is visiting The Regional Fire Management Resource Center South East Asia (RFMRC-SEA) located at the Faculty of Forestry, Campus IPB, Drmaga, Bogor on June 7st. 2018.

All participants were the resource persons on the first day June 6st, 2018 originating from ASEAN countries present, namely: Prof. Dr. Ahmad A. Din, Professor for Microclimatology and Forest Fire, Faculty of Forestry University Putra Malaysia; Dr. Prayoonyong Nhuchaiya, the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, Thailand; Dr. Veerachai Tanpipat, Wildland Fire Special Research Unit (WFSRU), Thailand; Dr. Kobsak Wanthongchai, Department of Silviculture, Faculty of Forestry, Kasetsart University, Thailand; Prof. Dr. Bambang Hero Saharjo, Faculty of Forestry, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), Indonesia; Dr. Nguyen Thi Thuy, MSc, Researcher, Silviculture Research Institute, Vietnamese Academy of Forest Science (VAFS), Vietnam; accompanied by Prof. Dr. Johann G. Goldammer, Executive Director GFMC; officers and staff of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF), and Dr. Christian Staiss of FORCLIME-GIZ, from IPB apart from staff RFMRC-SEA also present Prof. Dr. Iskandar Z. Siregar, Director of ICO-IPB.

Integrated Training and Education in Forest and Land Fires Phase I, 2019 Year Office of RFMRC – SEA and Laboratory Forest and Land Fires Dept of Silviculture, 13 March 2019

The Integrated Training and Education in Forest and Land Phase II held by the Indonesian Republican…

Joint Meetings UNISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group (WFAG) International Liaison Committee (ILC) and the Brazilian Conference Organizing Committee for the 7 th International Wildland Fire Conference

Joint Meetings
UNISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group (WFAG)
International Liaison Committee (ILC) and the Brazilian Conference Organizing Committee for
the 7th International Wildland Fire Conference

Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC), Freiburg, Germany
12-14 October 2018

Meeting of the UNISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group (WFAG) in conjunction with the meeting of the International Liaison Committee (ILC) and the Brazilian Conference Organizing Committee for the 7th International Wildland Fire Conference; GFMC, Freiburg, Germany.

Meeting of the Eurasia Team of Specialists on Landscape Fire Management, GFMC, Freiburg, Germany

Meeting of the Eurasia Team of Specialists on Landscape Fire Management

GFMC, Freiburg, Germany

12 October 2018

 

First meeting of the Eurasia Team of Specialists on Landscape Fire Management and the Regional Fire Management Resource Centers / Regional Fire Monitoring Centers from Southeast Europe / Caucasus, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Central Eurasia and Southeast Asia. Photo: J. Karns (GFMC).

Link: http://gfmc.online/programmes/europe-org/eu_multi_org.html

 

Regional Round Table Meeting and Consultation

Regional Round Table Meeting and Consultation “Enhancing Regional Cooperation in Fire Management in Southeast Asia” Ministry…

Field Visit to Bintuni

By: Erianto Indra Saputra | 16 November 2017

 

As part of the Y-1 activities of UMCES/IPB-NASA Tropical Peat Fire Project, the team visited Bintuni Regency, West Papua to explore the opportunity to conduct peat fire research there. The co-director of the project, Prof. Dr. Bambang Hero Saharjo (Faculty of Forestry IPB) lead the team, accompanied by Dr. Erianto Indra Putra (Faculty of Forestry IPB), Dr. Grahame Applegate (Univ. of Sunshine Coast, Australia), and Andri Thomas (BOSF, Central Kalimantan). The team left Jakarta to Manokwari on 11 November 2017 and arrived safely on the early morning of 12 November 2017. After having the opening meeting with the Vice Dean of the University of Papua, the team continued the trip to Bintuni Regency on 13 November 2017 by using small plane operated by Susi Air (Fig. 1). Three faculty staff from Faculty of Forestry, University of Papua, joined the team to Bintuni. They are Benny Rettob (Dean), Wolfram Mofu (Head of the Department) and Alfredo Wanma (senior lecturer).

Fig. 1. A small plane that taking the team from Manokwari to Bintuni. Operated by Susi Air, total passengers of the flight are approximately 12 persons.

The team had a meeting with the Regent of Bintuni Regency and his staff on 13 November 2017 before leaving to the field to explore the existence of the peat in Bintuni. The regent was happy and welcomed the coming of the team to Bintuni Regency and gave an order to the Head of Yakora District to help the team conducting the research (Fig. 2)

The team finally found the peat fire on their second day, 14 November 2017. The peat fire was found under sago plantation in Yakora District. It was still burned with some smoke released from the peat due to the peat fire (Fig. 4). To reach the area, the team should face more than five hours’ drive using the 4-wheel drive car, passing more than 20 km muddy roads and 4 small rivers that having no bridge on it, and finally using the small boat (Fig,3). What a journey!!, but the team were satisfied with the result as they found the potential area for implementing the project in Yakora District.

 Fig, 2. With the Regent of Bintuni Regency and his staff before leaving to the field

Fig. 3. The team in a boat to the peat area near the river as the final destination of the trip

The team flew to Manokwari from Bintuni Airport on the morning of 15 November 2017. In Manokwari, Bambang, Grahame, and Indra gave the general lecture on peat fire in Faculty of Forestry, the University of Papua, attended by undergraduate and graduate student of Faculty of Forestry. Some staff and researchers have also attended the class (Fig. 5). After the class, the team had a meeting with the Rector of the University of Papua (Fig. 6).  The Rector appreciate and welcome all of the initiatives to conduct the research in West Papua, in collaboration with the University of Papua. Bambang, Indra, Grahame, and Thomas headed back to Jakarta on the morning of 16 November 2018.

Fig. 4. Big sago tree in the peat area near the river in Yakora District (left) and peat fire under the sago tree (right)

Fig. 5. Group picture after the general lecture in Faculty of Forestry, University of Papua

Fig. 6. The team taking a picture with the Rector of University of Papua

 

The National inter-agency round table forest and fire management and Launching Regional Fire Management Resource Center – South East Asia Region (RFMRC-SEA)

Jakarta, Manggala Wanabhakti, Room Sonokeling, 10 July 2017

Keynote Speech

Minister of Environment and Forestry represented by Dr. Ir. Bambang Hendroyono, MM (Secretary general of the Environment and Forestry Ministry)

The Inauguration RFMRC-SEA

The inauguration RFMRC-SEA by Secretary general of the Environment and Forestry Ministry

The National inter-agency round table forest and fire management and Launching Regional Fire Management Resource Center – South East Asia Region (RFMRC-SEA) executed on the date 10 July 2017, the activities is carried out by Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) and Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) through the financial support of the Ministry of Food and Agricultural Federal Republic of Germany. As a follow up the cooperation program that began 1 March 2017 to 28 February 2019 to do the inauguration the establishment of RFMRC-SEA.

The objective of the RFMRC-SEA will be to function as an independent regional center of competency and excellence for fire management, operating at the interface between science and informed policy development (Science-Policy Interface – SPI). The RFMRC-SEA has been established by the Faculty of Forestry Sciences, Bogor Agricultural University (Indonesia), with the assistance of the 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. The Center shall successively build 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
  6. 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 National inter-agency round table forest and fire management and Launching Regional Fire Management Resource Center – South East Asia Region (RFMRC-SEA)
inaugurated by the Minister of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) represented by Dr. IrBambang Hendroyono, MM (Secretary General Ministry of Environment and Forestry). He stated that Indonesia also proposed the establishment of Asean Coordinating Center for Transboundary Haze Pollution Control hosted in Jakarta.  While ACC in progress, in the same time the Faculty of Forestry Sciences, IPB has an innitiative to establish The RFMRC-SEA.  The next step is how two center will collaborative in action as a partner.  Giving mutual benefit.  Sharing information.  Mutual trust.  In advanced, all support the government policy. May provide benefits for the nation and country in particular to reduce forest and land fires. Congratulations to work, and officially this meeting I declared opened. Hereafter hopefully this meeting becomes the forerunner of the establishment Regional Fire Management Research Center-South East Asia (the RFMRC-SEA).

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