Participatory Land Cover Change and Forest Fire Monitoring using Un-Manned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Technological Innovations

2015 fires and carbon emissions

Research from the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) states that more than 90% of Indonesia’s carbon emissions in 2015, or 884 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, were the result of forest and land fires. According to Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) data, the 2015 forest and land fires in Indonesia covered a total area of 2.6 million hectares, almost 40% of which were in South Sumatra province. The 2015 forest and land fires, similar to those in 1997, were caused by human activity and natural conditions exacerbated by climate change and the El Niño phenomenon.

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