Finland and Indonesia fight fires together
Peatland and forest fires are a constant threat in Indonesia. Now, the problem will be tackled with the help of Finnish expertise.
Finland University and Indonesia’s Peatland Restoration Agency have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that joins the two countries in a mission to improve the restoration and management of forests and peatlands in Indonesia.
“We recognise the experience Finland has on peatland restoration and management,” says Nazir Foead, head of Indonesia’s Peatland Restoration Agency. “Indonesia is now putting a lot of effort to improve this area and it is good to look for best-in-class lessons learned.”
The Memorandum’s consists of activities that will be developed together. These include educational programmes regarding peatland and forest restoration, monitoring and management as well as the development of a training programme targeted to government officials on subnational level.
The University of Eastern Finland, one of the world leaders in the field of forest sciences and part of Finland University, will tailor the Finland University training programme.
“The peatland and forest fires are a huge challenge in Indonesia,” says Tuomo Lähdesmäki, the chairman of the board of Finland University. “The fires are one of the main sources of CO2 emissions in the region, affecting the lives of millions of people living in Southeast Asia.”
According to Lähdesmäki, the Indonesian situation resembles the situation in 1950s Finland when peatland fires were much more common and having tackled that problem the country can now help others.
Finland University is the international education brand and marketing and sales company of four Finnish research universities. It currently delivers programs for customers in Southeast Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and China.