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Collaboration of Siak District Prevents Karhutla

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Siak Regency, like several other regions in Riau Province also experienced a forest and land fire event. The number of hotspots in Siak Regency in 2019 reached 493 points. But in terms of hotspot presentation in Siak district is one of the lowest in Riau Province, which is only around 6%. Siak Regency, is a district with the largest peatland on the island of Sumatra. More than half or 57% of the Siak Regency area is peatland, which covers an area of ​​479,485 ha. Of the total peat area, 21% of them are deep peat, with a depth of 3-12 meters.

Regent of Siak Alferdi, revealed that the low percentage of hotspots is the result of efforts to prevent forest and land fires in Siak Regency, which are pursued year after year. These efforts are not only in the form of local government work, but also involve the community, development partners and district governments, civil society organizations, as well as the private sector. Integrated planning is needed to prevent forest and land fires (karhutla), especially in peat ecosystems, because it cannot be done partially. After the massive karhutla event in 2015, Siak Regency began to clean up the stages of making the Siak Hijau Regency Road Map in 2016.

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