The politics of peat and fire

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This year’s fires, that are mainly burning on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo, have highlighted the need for prevention, especially at sub-national levels. During his visit to Riau, President Widodo called on local leaders and administrators to work with communities in affected areas to monitor and prevent fires. Better measures to monitor and quickly react would likely have helped mitigate the effects of the fires, some of which may have been ignited for land clearing and other purposes.

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