Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Sunrise-in-Sumatra-27MZIFJ6XMC12.htmlConceptually similarSunrise in SumatraGP0STPNWGCompleted★★★★Burned Trees in SumatraGP0STPNX9Completed★★★★Burned Trees in SumatraGP0STPNX1Completed★★★★Burned Peatland in SumatraGP0STOTY1Completed★★★★★★Burned Peatland in SumatraGP0STOTY2Completed★★★★Burned Peatland in SumatraGP0STOTY5Completed★★★★★★Peatland Forest in SumatraGP0STOTTGCompleted★★★★Sago Processing Workers in SumatraGP0STOTTMCompleted★★★★Burned Area due to Forest Fires in RiauGP0STQ6J6Completed★★★★View AllGP0STPNWCSunrise in SumatraSunrise above the trees that were burned during forest fires in 2014 at Sungai Tohor village, Riau.Locations:Indonesia-Riau-Southeast Asia-SumatraDate:25 Feb, 2016Credit:© Afriadi Hikmal / GreenpeaceMaximum size:5184px X 3456pxKeywords:Clouds-Darkness-Deforestation-Forest fires-Forests (campaign title)-KWCI (GPI)-Outdoors-Peatland-Silhouettes-Sun-Sunrises-Trees-Tropical rainforestsShoot:Case Study at Sungai Tohor Community in SumatraIn October 2014, local farmer Abdul Manan from Sungai Tohor, Riau, launched an online petition asking Indonesian president Joko Widodo to visit his village and witness the consequences of peatland forest fires. When the president visited on 27 Nov 2014, he personally helped dam a canal, and made favourable observations about the sustainability of the community’s growing of sago (a starch extracted from the spongy centre, or pith, of various tropical palm stems) versus large-scale industrial plantations. Later, a promise was made by the Minister that the concession of PT LUM would be revoked and that village forest would be officially granted to the Sungai Tohor community.Since then, more canals have been dammed. The local community enjoys using the water for fishing/aquaculture, and there have been remarkably none or fewer fires since water levels were restored in the peatlands. The community says sago yields in their gardens, where the peat is wet, are better than in the industrial sago plantation which employs drainage.Last year, fires raged in most of peat area in east coast of Sumatra Island and Kalimantan but no fire was detected in Sungai Tohor compared to early 2014 where fires had burnt down thousands hectare of forest in the area and other neighboor villages.