Forest Fire Prevention Management Project (Phase 2)


    Jambi, Riau, Lampung, West Kalimantan

Indonesia is a country famous for its rich tropical forests, which account for 10 percent of the world’s tropical rainforests (with a total of 1,090,000 km2). In recent years, however, the Indonesian forests continue to decrease with the rate of around 1 percent per anum (1.08 million ha). Forest fire is one of the main causes, and from 1997 through 1998, as much as 810,000 ha of forests were completely burnt. The Government of Indonesia then formulated policies to promote the efforts to prevent forest fires.

Based on this background and a similar technical cooperation project implemented previously (Phase I, 1996-2001), this project was initiated with the purpose of improving the capacities in relations with forest fire prevention and initial suppression activities in the field. The project activities include:

  1. Improvement of the early warning and detection systems based on satellite data, expansion of the early warning and detection systems application, delivery of satellite information data to the related personnel stationed in protection forests/national parks and the adjacent areas, hot spots analysis based on data collected from field observation, improvement of the fire management system on the fields using the Drought Index, as well as investigation and socialization of the causes of major forest fires and the trend of the fire spread.

  2. Development of the forest fire fighting training’s curriculum and implementation of initial forest fire suppression trainings, as well as development of forest fire prevention and initial forest fire fighting model within national parks/protection forests.

  3. Socialization and support of the Central Government’s programs and activities for forest fire prevention, provision of assistance to the local governments’ initiated programs and activities.

  4. Monitoring of the fire forest prevention system developed through Phase I Project, development and provision of input on forest fire prevention methods in national parks/protection forests that involve the local community’s participation.

  5. Formulation of a guideline on early warning and detection systems, initial forest fire suppression activities, as well as formulation of a comprehensive general guideline on the issues above.