What can we do to break the cycle of the haze over the long term? How might we address the underlying drivers and achieve sustainable solutions?

Children in Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan wear masks when playing outside. Photo by Aulia Erlangga/ CIFOR

Indonesia - Fire in agriculture is a mixed blessing. A cost-effective tool for poor farmers, fire has been key for food production for millennia. In 2000, vegetation fires covered 350 Mha – or about 3% of the global land area – most of which were in Sub-Saharan Africa. The benefits of these fires must be recognized. Indeed, appropriately managed fire has an important role in many landscapes and ecological settings.

Read more: Preventing fire & haze: sustainable solutions for Indonesian peatlands


Local city officials at our Urban Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Training Course in Ternate, Indonesia. Photo credit: Keith Bettinger, USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific

Planning is underway for one of USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific’s flagship capacity building programs, the Urban Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience (UCCAR) Training Course, to be incorporated and absorbed into the curriculum of Khairun University in Ternate, Indonesia.

Read more: Localizing USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific's urban training in Ternate, Indonesia


A water bomber dropping its payload as a police officer tries to extinguish a peat fire in Kampar, Riau province, in Sumatra in August. The reduction in fires this year must be credited to not only wetter weather, but also the political will and concerted efforts of the government of President Joko Widodo. PHOTO: REUTERS

United States President-elect Donald Trump may have labelled climate change a hoax, but that has not stalled the momentum behind last month’s United Nations’ Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco.

Read more: How Indonesia is stepping up fight against climate change


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