30 Aug '16, 1am

60% of forest fires in Kalimantan, Sumatra not on concession land

60% of forest fires in Kalimantan, Sumatra not on concession land

Satellites detected almost 700 fires across Kalimantan and Sumatra last week, as the thick haze from land burning on the two Indonesian islands began blanketing the skies over Malaysia and Singapore. However, the data from Global Forest Watch (GFW) also found that 60 per cent of the fires were spotted outside concession areas that were not managed by plantation firms. GFW, an initiative of American think-tank World Resources Institute, produces detailed maps and analyses of forest fires around the world. The latest satellite information from its website largely supports the findings of Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB). Dr Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, who heads the BNPB's data and information division, said yesterday that "a majority" of fires recorded this year were started by errant individuals instead of companies. "As we can see here on the satellite map,...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/60-of-forest-fir...

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