Where fire is not essential – a model of a no burn best practice in land preparation in Indonesia

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The use of fire for land preparation is not a new phenomenon in tropical Indonesia. The fire events of 1997/1998 that caused the transboundary haze in the region are by far the most devastating. These were due to extensive land clearings by small holders and large agricultural industrial plantation estate owners. Estimates of the environmental damage and economic costs vary from US $ 4.5 to 10 billion. The burnt area was also estimated between 2 and 5 million ha of of forest and non-forest lands. International response required effective fire monitoring and policy reforms. The use of fire in land preparation activities, even in large plantation estates, is not essential. The practice has been shown to be financially and economically viable as well as environmentally sound by PT Riau Andalan Pulp And Paper - a member of the APRIL Group, Indonesia.


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Forest fire research and wildland fire safety: Proceedings of IV International Conference on Forest Fire Research 2002 Wildland Fire Safety Summit, Luso, Coimbra, Portugal, 18-23 November 2002


Millpress Science Publishers



controlled burning, economics, forest fires, forest policy, forests, land clearance, site preparation, Indonesia, APEC countries, ASEAN Countries, Developing Countries, South East Asia, Asia, land clearing, planting site preparation, prescribed burning, Agricultural Economics (EE110), Forestry Economics (EE112) (New March 2000), Policy and Planning (EE120), Silviculture and Forest Management (KK110), Forest Fires (KK130)

Form: Conference Proceedings
Geographical Area: Indonesia

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