Five named suspects in Jambi land, forest fires

9 September  2017


JAMBI, The Jambi Police have named five people as suspects during their investigation into seven land and forest fire cases, which occurred from January to August.

Jambi Police spokesperson Comr. Wirmanto Dinata said three out of the seven cases were handled by the Tebo Police while two cases were investigated by the Batanghari Police. The East Tanjungjabung Police and the Muarojambi Police handled one case each.


Jambi land, forest fires continue

6 September 2017


JAMBI, While the number of hot spots in some areas across Sumatra is declining with the onset of the rainy season, land and forest fires in Jambi continue to break out.

The Jambi administration’s Land and Forest Fire Task Force data shows that fires in the province cover 488 hectares in seven regencies. They comprise Batanghari, Bungo, East Tanjungjabung, Muarojambi, Sarolangun, Tebo and West Tanjungjabung.


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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Malaysia is willing to assist Indonesia to battle forest fire

Sin Chew Daily/ ANN | 01 August 2017


Natural Resources and Environment Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said Malaysia is ready to send fire fighters and officers to help Indonesia put out forest fire.

After launching the smart tunnel run 2017 today, he told media that the government is viewing forest fire in Indonesia seriously as it may spark off haze and the government is ready to offer assistance.


Dozens of Indonesians hospitalised due to smoke from forest fire



Jakarta (VNA) – Dozens of people have been taken to hospitals for respiratory problems due to thick smoke caused by forest fires in Aceh province of Indonesia.

Some schools in Meulaboh city suspended classes on July 26 after fires destroyed 70 hectares of forests in the province last week.


Forest, Land Fires Reappear in Riau

Rizal Harahap | 12 January 2017


Forest and land fires have begun to threaten Riau again this week following the increasing number of hot spots detected across the province.

Pekanbaru Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) head Sugarin said the hot spots were first detected by Terra and Aqua satellites on Sunday afternoon.


Indonesia to Fight Against Forest Fires Starting Early This Year

Haeril Halim, Rizal Harahap and Hans Nicholas Jong | 21 January 2017
The Jakarta Post

January is not over yet, but two regencies in Riau province have already declared emergency alert statuses to tackle any potential forest fires, which could get out of control when the weather gets drier in upcoming months.

The decision made by Rokan Hulu regency and Dumai city to raise their alert statuses, which would allow the central government to send aid to the regions, has been lauded by government officials in Jakarta.


Helicopter Drops 40 Tons of Water to Extinguish Riau Fires

Editor: Heru Purwanto | 05 June 2017


“We conducted water bombing 10 times on several hotspots on Sunday,” Maj. Sus Rizwar stated.

Pekanbaru (ANTARA News) – Riau Provinces forest and land fire task force has deployed an MI-8 helicopter to drop 40 tons of water to extinguish forest fires in Kampar District, spokesperson of the Roesmin Nurjadin airbase Maj. Sus Rizwar stated.

“We conducted water bombing 10 times on several hotspots on Sunday,” Rizwar revealed in the provinces capital city, Pekanbaru.


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.


Forestry Ministry Hopes no Forest Fire This Year

Editor: Heru Purwanto | 16 May 2017


“We want to be better than in 2016, when forest and bush fires were reduced up to 20 percent,” Secretary General of KLHK Bambang Hendroyono said.

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) said it hopes that this year there would be no forest fire in Indonesia.

Forest fires have left a scene of destruction almost every year in a number of Indonesian regions such as Riau, West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan.