But the forces behind the fires – who, how and why – were as hazy as Southeast Asia’s skies, and without that clear understanding, efforts to end the fires have had little effect.
Leveraging CIFOR’s experience and contacts in the area, David Gaveau, Mohammad Agus Salim and their team set out to determine the facts. To gather as much objective information as possible, they used drones, satellites, remote sensing, rainfall records and more. And this year, with haze once again clouding the skies, their findings have been in demand by Southeast Asia’s governments.
In 2015, CIFOR will continue the research through the DFID-funded project Political Economy of Fire and Haze in Indonesia, to understand how people on the ground perceive and explain the fires.
Read more: blog.cifor.org/fire