Preventing Borneo’s peatland fires to protect health, livelihoods and biodiversity
University of Exeter
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Borneo’s biodiverse peat-swamp forests are being destroyed by annual fires resulting from poor management and land use decisions. These cause huge public health problems and destroy large swathes of rainforest. We will address the causes of these fires in the critical Sebangau region by restoring drained and deforested peatlands and encouraging behaviour change amongst local communities, while simultaneously tackling fire impacts by improving local fire-fighting capacity and developing fire-prevention networks. The occurrence and intensity of fires in and around Sebangau National Park in Central Kalimantan is significantly reduced, thus benefiting biodiversity conservation and human health.