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Fires threaten peatlands in Kalimantan and Sumatra

Koran Tempo, 16 August 2018

During a discussion on peatland restoration in Jakarta yesterday (15 August), Indonesian Environmental Forum (Walhi) National Executive Director Nur Hidayati said that the current hotspots in Kalimantan and Sumatra are threatening the peatlands in the two provinces. During the January-August 2018 period, Walhi found hundreds of hotspots and land fires in Kalimantan and Sumatra. In Central Kalimantan, for instance, the organization found 529 hotspots during the period of 1 July-14 August. Nur said that a sizable portion of those hotspots were triggered by dry weather and presumably land clearing.

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