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Shoot: Forest Fire in Riau

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Two years after devastating fires plunged Indonesia into crisis, President Joko Widodo’s promises on forest and peat protection are being tested as forest fires break out across Indonesia.

Greenpeace analysis of the government’s own data and methodology show that fires hotspots have nearly doubled in less than three months, with 148 hotspots registered in May and 283 so far this July. A third of the fires occurring so far this month were in areas protected by the freshly renewed forest and peatland moratorium. A new version of the moratorium was presented on Monday with no significant improvement from its previous versions, and was followed by President Jokowi urging his ministers to put ministerial regulations at the service of business.”

Annisa Rahmawati, Senior Forest Campaigner for Greenpeace Indonesia said:

“The lack of law enforcement could restart a humanitarian catastrophe and huge economic losses for the country, as we experienced during the tragic events of 2015 that cost lives and billions to the economy. Companies benefit from poorly enforced laws in order to keep clearing forests and draining peatland, which is the main cause of the fires that are again putting children in hospitals and forcing people to leave their homes”.

Concern is also growing in neighbouring countries since Aceh region in Sumatra, is among the worst hit area and is just 750 km from Kuala Lumpur.
Forest Fires in Riau
28 Jul, 2017
Forest Fires in Riau
Forest Fires in Riau
28 Jul, 2017
Forest Fires in Riau
Forest Fires in Riau
28 Jul, 2017
Forest Fires in Riau
Forest Fires in Riau
28 Jul, 2017
Forest Fires in Riau
Forest Fires in Riau
28 Jul, 2017
Forest Fires in Riau
Forest Fires in Riau
28 Jul, 2017
Forest Fires in Riau
Forest Fires in Riau
28 Jul, 2017
Forest Fires in Riau
Forest Fires in Riau
28 Jul, 2017
Forest Fires in Riau
Forest Fires in Riau
28 Jul, 2017
Forest Fires in Riau
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