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Indonesia and the 1997-98 El Nino: Fire Problems and Long-Term Solutions

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Byron, Neil; Shepherd, Gill
Date: 1998
Agency: Overseas Development Institute, London
Series: Natural Resource Perspectives, no. 28
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3724
Sector: Forestry
Region: East Asia
Subject(s): climate change
forest management
land tenure and use
Abstract: "The 1997-98 El Nino is among the strongest recorded and low rainfall in Indonesia set the conditions for widespread fires. At the same time, it is clearer during this particular El Nino than it has been in the past that many fires are being deliberately set. They must be understood in the context of competing land-claims from government and private companies on the one hand, and local people with customary rights to land on the other. The 1997 El Nino is the first in which the resources of Land Satellite imagery and the Internet have been harnessed to demonstrate quite clearly where the fires are taking place, and why."

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