Indonesia fires are an annual event that occurs during the dry season. The fires are so intense, resulting in haze that affects neighboring countries -Singapore and Malaysia. Every fire outbreak is met with equal amount of gusto in political activities and discussions on how to counter the episode. But this energy seem to die off as soon as the rains start and the fire goes off.
The ASB Partnership research in Indonesia over the past twenty years points to the need for sustained urgent action beyond the fire episodes as a way to bring a permanent end to the fire and the haze. Policy action relating to land use decisions and rights are recommended. These include:
- Focus on the need to shift the costs to, and benefits from, those who use fire to clear forests
- Serious law enforcement strategies that include public naming and shaming as well as prosecutions
- Clarity on customary land rights 'adat' claims
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