The burning of forests can have a tremendous negative impact on the health of people and the environment, as well as impacting education and international relations. In Indonesia, fires have historically impacted communities, the environment, the economy and the county’s relationship with its international neighbours. However, managing Indonesia’s burning practices at a community and cooperate level, can be a politically and socially challenging problem.
Prof Bambang Hero Saharjo will discuss the history of Indonesia’s fire management, the drivers behind the deliberate burning practices to clear forest and peatlands for the development of oil palm plantations by corporations, what is being done to educate communities and burners about the risks associated with miss-managed burnings and what can be done to improve fire management for Indonesia’s future.
Prof Bambang Hero Saharjo was born in Jambi, Indonesia. He finished his BSc. at the Faculty of Forestry, Bogor Agricultural University, and his Masters and PhD in agriculture at Kyoto University.
Bambang is currently a Professor in Forest Protection at Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia. Since 2011, Prof Bambang has chaired South east Asia Wildland Fire Regional Network-UNISDR, is a member of Pan Asia Wildland Fire Regional Network-UNISDR and Executive Director Regional Fire Management Resource Center-Southeast Asia Region (in collaboration with Max Planck Institute, University of Freiburg, Germany).
His research focuses on fire ecology in tropical rainforests, smoke burning methods (Prescribed Burning), biomass burning, GHG emission, forest fire prevention, carbon sequestration, forest fire policy and regulation, forest fire impact, burnt area rehabilitation, transboundary fire induced haze pollution, global climate change; and environmental destruction due to Illegal logging, shifting cultivation and encroachment.
He was a part of many research collaborations, with both national and international institutions, that focused on fire management and environmental impact, which were funded by CIDA, JICA, NASA. Prof Saharjo has published more than 100 scientific paper in national and International Journals.