CIFOR–ICRAF publishes over 750 publications every year on agroforestry, forests and climate change, landscape restoration, rights, forest policy and much more – in multiple languages.

CIFOR–ICRAF addresses local challenges and opportunities while providing solutions to global problems for forests, landscapes, people and the planet.

We deliver actionable evidence and solutions to transform how land is used and how food is produced: conserving and restoring ecosystems, responding to the global climate, malnutrition, biodiversity and desertification crises. In short, improving people’s lives.

Fire and haze

Fire and haze

Building a consensus on the best ways to lower the risk of peatland fires – and strengthening communities’ ability to farm without lighting a match.

Once a cost-effective tool used by farmers to clear land, fire is becoming an annual crisis in Indonesia’s peatlands, the Amazon forest and other parts of the world. But whether they’re lit by smallholders, local elites or large corporations, fires can get out of control, destroying forests or creating a toxic haze that can blanket several countries for months.

CIFOR-ICRAF’s approach targets both multi-level policies and grassroots action, through scientific analysis, targeted outreach activities and proactive engagement with everyone from smallholders to ministers.

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Michael Allen Brady

Team Leader, Sustainable value chains and investments

Herry Purnomo

Scientist

Fire and haze: Fast facts

Air pollution from fires could cause 36,000 excess deaths each year on average in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore in the coming years. But strategies such as peatland restoration could cut this mortality by about 66%

 

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